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    #1

    the word "for" is redundant?

    from my textbook:
    A week later I decided to go and see for myself.....(about the Amber Room stolen by the Nazi army secretly).




    I think for is redundant.
    Am I right?



    Thank you for your reply.


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    Re: the word "for" is redundant?

    The word for here would not be redundant. The phrase "to see for myself" means to see with your own eyes rather that take someone else's word for it.
    For example "My friend told me that the tree had blown over in the wind. I didn't believe her so I went to see for myself."
    If you were to remove the word for it would change the meaning to literally mean that you went there in order to look at yourself (i.e. your own body)

    Hope that helps

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    Re: the word "for" is redundant?

    estrellita-bonita:

    Oh, my gosh! I have understood your meaning and fell that your analysis is very cool!


    Then, can I say like the below?
    A week later I decided to go and see that by myself.


    Thank you in advance.
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    Re: the word "for" is redundant?

    Quote Originally Posted by dodonaomik View Post
    estrellita-bonita:

    Oh, my gosh! I understand your meaning and fell that your analysis is very cool!


    Then, can I say like the below? Omit "like". It's not like the below; it is the below.
    A week later I decided to go and see that by myself. This meaning is not the same as with "for myself". The "by myself" sentence means no one (will go)(went) with me; I (will go)(went) to see that alone.
    (go by myself = wo yi ge ren qu)


    Thank you in advance.
    2006

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    Re: the word "for" is redundant?

    conclusion

    1 A week later I decided to go and see for myself.
    【emphasis: with my own eyes】

    2 A week later I decided to go and see that by myself.
    【emphasis: I am alone.】

    Especially appreciate 2006's exciting analysis!

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