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    #1

    typical of or for (again)

    I haven't been able to find a clear rule that suggests when to use typical of or for. The examples given by the OALD don't help much either '(...typical of local cookery' versus 'not typical for July).

    What about this sentence then: 'In Berlin flatsharing is typical for students.'
    I would prefer of here. What do native speakers say?

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    Re: typical of or for (again)

    I would use "of" in comments having to do with behavior. Example:

    That's not typical of John. He's not usually like that.

    I would likely use "for" in comments having to do with circumstances. Example:

    The weather is not typical for May. It's usually warmer.

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    #3

    Re: typical of or for (again)

    Good answer!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: typical of or for (again)

    Thank you, that will help me.
    But I'm still a bit confused concerning my sentence: 'In Berlin flatsharing is typical of/for students.' That refers to circumstances rather than to behaviour, doesn't it? Then 'for' is correct here?

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    #5

    Re: typical of or for (again)

    I wouldn't use "typical" in that context. Use "usual" or "normal".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: typical of or for (again)

    Quote Originally Posted by Julie17 View Post
    I haven't been able to find a clear rule that suggests when to use typical of or for. The examples given by the OALD don't help much either '(...typical of local cookery' versus 'not typical for July).

    What about this sentence then: 'In Berlin flatsharing is typical for students.'
    I would prefer of here. What do native speakers say?
    I agree with your choice. Say:

    Flatsharing is typical of students.

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