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    kadioguy is offline Key Member
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    why would you try and play me for a fool?

    In the lyrics of the song 'I Have Questions' (by Camila Cabello), it says:

    [Chorus 1]
    I have questions for you
    Number one, tell me who you think you are
    You got some nerve trying to tear my faith apart
    (I have questions for you)
    Number two, why would you try and play me for a fool?
    I should have never ever ever trusted you (I have questions)
    Number three, why weren't you, who you swore that you would be?
    I have questions, I got questions haunting me
    I have questions for you
    I have questions for you (I have questions)
    I have questions for you
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    When I looked up the word 'play' in the OALD, it said:

    play on something | play upon something
    to take advantage of somebody’s feelings, etc.


    So I don't know how I can understand the sentence on the view of grammar:

    'why would you try and play me for a fool?'


    Could you please help me?
    Thanks!

    PS I also posted the same question on this, but all of your answers are unique to me. Hope we can discuss with each other. Thank you.
    Last edited by kadioguy; 13-Jul-2017 at 16:04.
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    Re: why would you try and play me for a fool?

    It means Why would you try and make a fool of me? but that doesn't fit the metre of the lyric.

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    Re: why would you try and play me for a fool?

    How can I understand the word 'for' in this sentence?

    Doesn't it mean that 'used for stating who or what is intended to receive something or get the benefit of it'?
    Last edited by kadioguy; 13-Jul-2017 at 15:59.
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    Re: why would you try and play me for a fool?

    If you're asking about would, it has a meaning similar to what made you treat me as/think of me as a fool.

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    Re: why would you try and play me for a fool?

    'why would you try and play me for a fool?'
    'There's a letter for you.'

    Are the two for's the same?
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    Re: why would you try and play me for a fool?

    No- in the first the person thinks the person is a fool and in the second they are giving them a letter.

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