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    cry of or cry for

    I don't cry of failures

    I don't cry for failures

    Which one is good?

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    Re: cry of or cry for

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    I don't cry of failures

    I don't cry for failures

    Which one is good?
    I don't cry over failures.

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    Re: cry of or cry for

    Raymott, could you please tell me how to discern which preposition to use pertaining to situations? Should I read Grammer Book for this? Please let me know.

    I am sorry if my question sounds silly, but I commit lots of blunders in the usage of prepositions.


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    Re: cry of or cry for

    Cry for something.

    meaning 1) To be upset at the result/consequence of a situation.

    I know John has died, but he was in a lot of pain and he is at rest now. Don't cry for him.

    meaning 2) To desperately call out for/ask for something.

    I heard their cries for help.

    Cry of

    A cry (loud shout/sound/protest) coming from/associated with something.

    I was in the forest last night and I heard the cry of a wolf.

    The Tibetan people are protesting. They want the world to hear their cry of injustice.


    There are lots of different ways to use the word cry.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: cry of or cry for

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Raymott, could you please tell me how to discern which preposition to use pertaining to situations? Should I read Grammer Book for this? Please let me know.

    I am sorry if my question sounds silly, but I commit lots of blunders in the usage of prepositions.
    No, the question is fine, but there's no easy answer. There are far too many word combinations and few rules. You could look here for a start:
    ENGLISH PAGE - Verb + Preposition Dictionary
    Verb + Preposition List
    Verb plus Prepositions - Advanced Verb Preposition Combinations

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    Re: cry of or cry for

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi kiranlegend,

    There are my two cents concerning the matter in question:

    cry for help
    She had not had a violent case of laughing for years. She came up once and tried to get out a cry for help to the others standing there, but the laughing gripped her lungs and they thought she was fooling.

    to cry for the moon = make an unreasonable demand, request the unattainable

    cry of pain
    The cry of women crushed under the yoke of legalized vice is not the cry of a statistician or a medical expert; it is simply a cry of pain , a cry for justice and for a return to God's laws in place of these brutally impure laws invented and imposed by men …

    cry of joy
    At first Robert thought someone must have been hurt, but, a second later, the scream came again and he realized, with horror, that this was a cry of joy .

    cry of delight
    She felt her nipples harden with pleasure, and gave a soft little cry of delight .

    cry out
    She heard Klift cry out under the shattering din of the falling rock.

    to cry one’s eyes out to weep inconsolably for a long time

    to cry one’s heart out

    for crying out loud used to express annoyance or astonishment: Let's get going, for crying out loud!

    to cry with grief

    to cry over one’s bad luck to weep

    to cry to to complsint to

    don’t come crying to me

    to cry over spilled milk to complain in vain, to regret in vain what cannot be undone or rectified

    to cry on someone’s shoulder to tell one's problems to someone else in an attempt to gain sympathy or consolation.

    to cry up to praise highly, extol

    Cilla Black once got into a shouting match at a charity show when she tried to cry up her beloved Thatcher and met with voluble consumer resistance.

    to cry off to back down, to cop out, to retract

    "We couldn't even use the excuse that half the team failed to turn up, though loose head prop Martin Littleton had to cry off through injury.

    Now, I gather you had to cry off taking your team to the Swimming Championships at Sturford last night.

    cry out for be in urgent need of,

    This wall cried for a second coat of paint.

    This car is crying but for a good washing.

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