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    Post The function of 'for' in a sentence

    Hello, I'm wonder what the function of 'for' is in the following sentences:

    For capitalism has characteristically generated neither regimes in which all discourses seem coordinated, nor regimes in which they seem radically isolated or discontinuous, but regimes in which the drive towards differentiation and the drive towards monological organisation operate simultaneously, or at least oscillate so rapidly as to create the impression of simultaneity.

    For the capitalist aesthetic demands acknowledgements - hence the various marks of property rights that are flashed on the screen or inscribed in a text - and the political arena insists that it is not a fiction.

    For the effortless invocation of two apparently contradictory accounts of arts is characteristic of American capitalism in the late twentieth century: in the same moment a working distinction between the aesthetic and the real is established and abrogated.

    The sentence structures are very confusing to me. Will there be any difference if 'for' is omitted?

    Thank you!

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    Re: The function of 'for' in a sentence

    Welcome back, chriskwong, after your four-year break.

    Always tell us the source and author of any text you quote, please.

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    Re: The function of 'for' in a sentence

    It roughly means "this is because". It is used in that sense to elaborate on a point, or to provide an explanation.

    However, note that it is a rather unusual usage of "for". It might work in literary and other specialized context, but I advise learners not to use it that way.

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