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    #1

    for going to a public school

    Can one use:
    1-He is good at French for going to a public school.
    if the intended meaning is
    2-He is good at French for someone who has gone to a public school.

    In general, could one use "for + gerund" instead of "for someone who" (given that fact that.
    I guess this could be another example:

    3-He speaks English well for growing up in a non-English speaking country.
    (Meaning: He speaks English well for a non-native speaker.)

    I do not think 1 and 3 work. In those sentences 'for' seems to give the reason for something.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2
    The first and third do not work. 'For' in this sense needs to be followed by a noun/pronoun, as in your second sentence.

    Incidentally, your sentence would sound very odd in BrE. In Br E, public schools are very expensive private schools.

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    #3

    Re: for going to a public school

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    In Br E, public schools are very expensive private schools.
    I am not a teacher.

    Exactly.

    My immediate thought on seeing 1. (before reading further) was to replace "for going to" with "because he went to".

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    Re: for going to a public school

    Mine too.

    You could use 'for' but not with that syntax: 'He speaks French well for someone who went to a state school'.

    b

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