Suddenly, he saw a boy.

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1. That was a completely different context. This question shows me that you've seriously misunderstood the role of context on meaning and use.

2. Yes, you have. The two words have quite different uses.
1. Nvm, I think I just got the difference.

2. Are you sure? I just looked it up on several online dictionaries and saw that for can be used in place of because. This is from Macmillan:
She began to grow nervous, for he had promised to meet her at dawn.
 

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2. Oh, yes, I'm quite sure. Thank you for your concern.

Macmillan appear to have failed to describe the very formal and literary register of conjunction for. Are you telling me that all of the dictionaries you consulted made the very same mistake? Which ones did you consult exactly?
 

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This sentence is from Cambridge Grammar:

Chasing the white stag through the forests, never catching it, of course, for it is a creature of legend.
 

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The online Macmillan says

MAINLY LITERARY because

The first two words there are quite important.
 

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The online Macmillan says

MAINLY LITERARY because

The first two words there are quite important.
So is it wrong to use it in everyday language? What about this article?
 

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So is it wrong to use it in everyday language?
Yes. More importantly, it's inappropriate in your sentence, given the register and style that you're trying to achieve. What is it about that article that you don't understand?

So, in my sentence, should I replace for with because?
I've already suggested you use as instead. Why would you think that because is better than as?
 

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1. Yes. More importantly, it's inappropriate in your sentence, given the register and style that you're trying to achieve. What is it about that article that you don't understand?


2. I've already suggested you use as instead. Why would you think that because is better than as?
1. What I'm editing these days is a horror novella. Is literary language inappropriate for a horror story?

2. Since you are at it, can you please tell me in what cases I should use as instead of because?
 

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2. Since you are at it, can you please tell me in what cases I should use as instead of because?
That's a question for another thread. This thread has meandered quite enough already.
 
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