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    His parents are coming for him.

    1) His parents are coming for him.

    My impression is that this sentence would normally mean:
    2) They are coming to take him home.

    But its real meaning is that his parents are coming and he is the reason.

    Maybe they are coming to take him home. Maybe they are coming to take him skiing. Maybe it is a party and the only reason his parents are coming is to make him happy.

    But I wouldn't use the sentence if his parents were coming to help him do something.

    Am I correct?

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    Re: His parents are coming for him.

    Maybe they are coming for him with an axe and a chainsaw.

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    Re: His parents are coming for him.

    Thank you very much, Raymott,

    Yet another merry possibility! Wouldn't you say that 'They are coming after him.' would be more appropriate in that context? (I would not dare deny that 'for' works as well.)

    But could they be coming for him with an axe and a chainsaw to set him free from the chains and shackles that bind him?

    I always try to look on the bright side... Maybe that's why I am going blind!

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    Re: His parents are coming for him.

    Of course. That's what I meant!

    If he was moving away, I'd say "coming after him". If he was just sitting at home, "coming for him" works just as well.

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