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1. As a coordinating conjunction introducing a clause that gives a reason or explanation, for has two features of use not shared by because and since: (1) it cannot come at the beginning of a sentence but must follow a main clause:

• He picked his way down carefully, step by step, for the steps were narrow —G. Greene, 1988

and (2) it is normally preceded by a comma, except occasionally when the sentence is short:

• It was gloomy and damp, for the sun could hardly shine through the tops of the trees —New Yorker, 1989

• I wanted a setting for my own little life, for I did not think that I should know too many people —Anita Brookner, 1990

• (comma omitted) He did not cry any more for it did not help —D. Matthee, 1986.

In most uses, for is rather more formal in effect than either because or since.
2. In AmE for is used to introduce a subordinate clause after certain verbs:

• I didn't intend for you to find out —J. McInerney, 1985

• I can't afford for that bike to break down —New Yorker, 1986.

In BrE other constructions would be used instead; for example intend would be followed by a that-clause or more likely a to-infinitive (I didn't intend you to find out).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • For — For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For — For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For by — For For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For me — For For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For to — For For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For — For, conj. 1. Because; by reason that; for that; indicating, in Old English, the reason of anything. [1913 Webster] And for of long that way had walk[ e]d none, The vault was hid with plants and bushes hoar. Fairfax. [1913 Webster] And Heaven… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For — may refer to:in English language parts of speech *for, a preposition *for, a complementizer *for, a coordinatorin other uses *for loop, programming language statement *FoR, Fellowship of Reconciliation *For, Fornax constellationee also*Four …   Wikipedia

  • For- — [AS. for ; akin to D. & G. ver , OHG. fir , Icel. for , Goth. fra , cf. Skr. par[=a] away, Gr. ? beside, and E. far, adj. Cf. {Fret} to rub.] A prefix to verbs, having usually the force of a negative or privative. It often implies also loss,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • FOR — may refer to* Fellowship of Reconciliation * Field of Research , a research classification scheme defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics * International Air Transport Association airport code for Pinto Martins International Airport ndash; …   Wikipedia

  • For — For, n. One who takes, or that which is said on, the affrimative side; that which is said in favor of some one or something; the antithesis of against, and commonly used in connection with it. [1913 Webster] {The fors and against}. those in favor …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • FOR-A — Infobox Company company name = FOR A Global company company type = Private foundation = Oct 21st, 1971 location = Tokyo, Japan key people = Keizo Kiyohara, President and Founder num employees = 200 (500 total within FOR A Group) industry = Video… …   Wikipedia

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