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    • Join Date: Aug 2006
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    #1

    I do it for getting money = for the purpose of ?

    I'd like to know the extent of usage of "for" preceeding a gerund.
    Can we use it to express a final clause with people too or only with things?
    A screwdriver serves for driving out the screw.
    But can we also say:
    I did it for provoking him ?
    with the meaning: for the purpose of provoking him or in order to provoke him ?


    • Join Date: Jul 2006
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    #2

    Re: I do it for getting money = for the purpose of ?

    you cannot use for in these cases.

    when you state the purpose or why you do something you use the infiinitive
    It`s sometimes called --- the infinitive of pupose
    so---- I do it to get money

    I do it to annoy him


    I went to the shop to buy some bread

    For is used ---- to explain the use of something

    eg a kettle is for boiling water


    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 78
    #3

    Re: I do it for getting money = for the purpose of ?

    Also A screwdriver is for taking out screws ( this is what it`s used for )

    This stick is for beating my husband

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