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    a seventh time or for a seventh time

    Martin Hewings' ADVANCED GRAMMAR IN USE contains such a sentence:

    When Germany scored for a seventh time, the crowd went wild with excitement. (UNIT 26: 26.3.8)

    We usually say "do sth a seventh time", I wonder if you could tell me what the difference is between "a seventh time" and "for a seventh time".

    Could anyone help me?
    Last edited by joham; 04-Nov-2007 at 23:52. Reason: A spelling mistake. And there's still no one to help me.


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    Re: a seventh time or for a seventh time

    In this sentence "for" is being used as used as a function word to indicate the number of occasions - in this case seven - on which Germany scored.

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    Re: a seventh time or for a seventh time

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    In this sentence "for" is being used as used as a function word to indicate the number of occasions - in this case seven - on which Germany scored.
    But without "for", the sentence still indicates the number of occasions - in this case seven - on which Germany scored! I just don't understand why the preposition "for" is used here and if it can be left out. Thank you.

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    Re: a seventh time or for a seventh time

    "for" certainly can be left out.

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