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    what is it for?

    Please, dear teachers, could you clarify this for me?

    What is it for?
    That's a question I hear all the time.
    A ball is for play football.
    A teethbrush is for brush the teeth.


    However, sometimes I hear something like this:
    What is it good for?
    A fork is good to have dinner or lunch.
    A PC is good to write a novel.


    So, what's the difference between those questions and their correct usage?

    Thank you very much.


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    Re: what is it for?

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Please, dear teachers, could you clarify this for me?

    What is it for?
    That's a question I hear all the time.
    A ball is for playing football.
    A toothbrush is for brushng the teeth.


    However, sometimes I hear something like this:
    What is it good for?
    A fork is good to have dinner or lunch.eat your food with
    A PC is good to write a novel.to use when writing...


    So, what's the difference between those questions and their correct usage?

    Thank you very much.
    The first is simply indicating that this item has a purpose. The second indicates that it is suitable for a purpose.


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    Re: what is it for?

    good for : having a beneficial effect on

    What is a comb/this for? For combing your hair - i.e. what is its purpose

    What is ginseng good for? They say it's good for stress and makes hair grow on bald heads. i.e. what are the beneficial effects

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    #4

    Re: what is it for?

    crystal.

    Thank you David and Aglika for helping out!

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