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    #1

    for my pain

    Can one say
    a. I work out for my back pain.
    b. He says he writes for his own pain.
    c. He says he writes for others' pain.

    ?

    I can't tell what 'for' means here, although I understand the meanings of the sentences. I don't think it means 'because'. It is as if the working-out and the writing are destined towards the pain or something.

    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: for my pain

    B and C make no sense. A is OK. "For" means "to help".

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    #3

    Re: for my pain

    See other answers here.

    azz, if you are posting a question to which you have already received replies in another forum, please say so, giving the link to it and asking us if we have anything to add or telling us why you weren't satisfied with those answers.

    This would be an act of courtesy to save our members' time.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Oct-2015 at 08:49.

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    #4

    Re: for my pain

    Thank you both so much.

    I will do so from now on. I did not know that rule. In this case, the answers I had received in the other forums seemed contradictory although one of them did make excellent sense logically speaking.

    I know that all native speakers do not speak in the same way and views might differ as regards certain sentences. In some cases, I would like to have a few opinions.

    Many thanks.

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