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    babysit for his children (American English)

    appropriate: correct, right
    It was not appropriate for her boss to ask her to babysit for his children.
    (quoted from The Basic Dictionary of American English)

    Is the above sentence acceptable? I think for is redundant, isn't it?
    Last edited by sitifan; 09-Oct-2015 at 07:48.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: babysit for his children

    In BrE, "babysit" is used both with and without "for" but with different meanings.

    I'm babysitting my cousins on Saturday night. Their parents are going to the theatre.
    I'm babysitting for my sister on Saturday night. She's going to the theatre so I'll be looking after her three kids.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: babysit for his children

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    It was not appropriate for her boss to ask her to babysit for his children.
    Is it possible that her boss asked her to babysit his grandchildren?

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    Re: babysit for his children

    It's possible but highly unlikely.

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