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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    What ... for?

    Hello everyone.

    My learn book says: "You can use What ... for? to ask about purpose":

    1. What is this switch for?
    2. What did you do that for?

    I'm not sure that I understood this rule correct. But I have some doubts:

    Can I say: For what this switch? and What did you do for that? Does it sound unnatural and ungrammatically?

    Thanks in advance.
    Boris.

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    I have lost my account access (my past account was Nicklexoxo) Can somebody help me to re-establish it? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: What ... for?

    No, you can't re-arrange the structure.

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    #3

    Re: What ... for?

    Stick to the structures of 1 and 2.

    Your alternatives are both unnatural and ungrammatical.

    Rover

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    #4

    Re: What ... for?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Hello everyone.

    My learn book says: "You can use What ... for? to ask about purpose":

    1. What is this switch for?
    2. What did you do that for?

    I'm not sure that I understood this rule correct. But I have some doubts:

    Can I say: For what this switch? and What did you do for that? Does it sound unnatural and ungrammatically?

    Thanks in advance.
    Boris.

    P.S
    I have lost my account access (my past account was Nicklexoxo) Can somebody help me to re-establish it? Thanks.
    You can change #2 into "Why did you do that? But that will not work in #1.

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