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    because vs. for

    Hi,

    As you know, the word "For" is sometimes used to have the meaning of "because".
    But are their usage same?

    For example:

    I don't come to your home because you upset me yesterday. (self made)
    I don't come to your home for you upset me yesterday. (self made)

    Because you've done your homework, I will give you a gift. (self made)
    For you've done your homework, I will give you a gift. (self made)

    I really don't know if there is a difference between them. Do they have same usage? Can they be replaced by?

    Thank you.

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    Re: because vs. for

    'For' seems to me to be very dated.

    I used to tell my students that they should recognise this use of 'for', but never use it.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Sep-2013 at 22:46. Reason: Fixing typo

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    Re: because vs. for

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'For' seems tome to be very dated.

    I used to tell my students that they should recognise this use of 'for', but never use it.
    Thank you 5JJ now I got it. Just one more thing, are the self made examples with "for" correct or not?

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    Re: because vs. for

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thank you 5JJ now I got it. Just one more thing, are the self made examples with "for" correct or not?
    The first just about works. The second doesn't. In modern English we cannot begin a sentence with 'for' (=because).

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