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  1. Banned
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    #1

    Is a 'for' missing here?

    Can something be "par the course" (colloquially maybe?) or can it only be only par for the course?


    That was too much for Sen. Scott, and an interview with Bounds did not convince the senator that the nominee had “grown” since his college days. This opposition stunned many conservatives, with National Review’s editorial board issuing a strong criticism of the decision to ruin a qualified candidate’s nomination.

    It was sadly par the course for Sen. Scott. He vocally complained about President Trump’s derision of America taking in so many immigrants from “s***hole countries” and insisted that “diversity is our strength.” “The American family was born from immigrants fleeing persecution and poverty and searching for a better future,” he said at the time. “Our strength lies in our diversity, including those who came here from Africa, the Caribbean and every other corner of the world. To deny these facts would be to ignore the brightest part of our history.” The senator also believes our main problem for immigration is filling the “largest holes in our economy,” and he doesn’t support efforts to reduce immigration.

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    #2

    Re: Is a 'for' missing here?

    It can only be par for the course.​ A word got dropped in the quoted text.
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  3. Charlie Bernstein's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: Is a 'for' missing here?

    Right. It comes from the game of golf. Par essentially means average score.

    For this golf course, the score is par. The score is par for the course.
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    #4

    Re: Is a 'for' missing here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Par essentially means average score.
    Or more precisely, the average score obtained by first-class players. The true average would be nowhere near that.
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    #5

    Re: Is a 'for' missing here?

    As a BrE speaker, I can't see it not missing for there.

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