to envy somebody for something or to envy somebody of something

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Hello all users!

I envy you for your lovely car. We all envy you for your beautiful children.

Could the above sentences be as well written in the following manner?:

I envy you of your lovely car. We all envy you of your beautiful children.

I am used to seeing "envy" used with "of" rather than "for".

Maybe there are two ways of expressing the same thought.

Thank you.

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"For" would be more common/natural in AmE.
 

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It doesn't mean that 'of' is out of the question, does it?

What does BE version have to say?
 

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It doesn't mean that 'of' is out of the question, does it?

What does BE version have to say?

Something could be "the envy of" somebody.
 

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Her long legs are the envy of the modelling world.
His genius with mathematics is the envy of his classmates.
 

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Is it also possible to say "I envy you your lovely car" and how does it compare to "I envy you for your lovely car"?
 

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Could somebody express their opinion?

Please.
 
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Is it also possible to say "I envy you your lovely car" and how does it compare to "I envy you for your lovely car"?

I have no problem with that construction.

I envy you your beautiful hair.
She envied him his ability to stay cool under pressure.
 
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