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    good for/at

    I owe everything to Harry Potter. But playing a character for so long gives you pent-up energy and desire to try as many things as possible. The films I made last year was huge leaps forward for me. I think I am getting better at knowing what I am good at and not good for.





    Is the underlined "for" naturally used here?

    Can we say " I am not good for something"?

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    Jason

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    Re: good for/at

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    I owe everything to Harry Potter. But playing a character for so long gives you pent-up energy and desire to try as many things as possible. The films I made last year was huge leaps forward for me. I think I am getting better at knowing what I am good at and not good for.

    Is the underlined "for" naturally used here?

    Can we say " I am not good for something"?
    If it was spoken by one of the native speaking characters of Harry Potter, then, by definition, it's completely natural.
    Obviously a more logical comparison would be "what I am good at (or for) and not good at (or for). But this is speech, which is not always pre-planned to the final preposition.
    I'd find "at" better, but there's nothing wrong with "De Niro is good for playing tough criminals." He's good for it because he's good at it.
    Whether you can say "I am not good for something" depends on your meaning though. You can't say "I'm not good for maths" if you mean "at maths". If you have a bad back, you can say to a potential employer "I'm not good for heavy lifting".

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    Re: good for/at

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    “I owe everything to Harry Potter. But playing a character for so long gives you pent-up energy and desire to try as many things as possible. The films I made last year was huge leaps forward for me. I think I am getting better at knowing what I am good at and not good for.”





    Is the underlined "for" naturally used here?

    Can we say " I am not good for something"?

    Thanks!


    Jason
    In the third sentence, the verb should be "were".

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