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The Preposition "for".

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The Preposition "for".

Postby Guysakar » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:03 am

Hi, My name is Schuyler.

My understanding of prepositions, is that they express "a relation to another word or element in the clause."

Can someone explain to me why "for", in the following sentence, is not a preposition.

There will be a village person waiting for you.

It expresses the relationship between "you" and "waiting".

"There will be a village person waiting "in town".

"There will be a village person waiting "at the dock"

"At" and "in" are prepositions in the final two sentences, but apparently "for" is not a preposition in the first sentence. That makes no sense to me.

I am about to loose my mind with preposition identification. My mind prefers absolutes, and I just cannot seem to wrap my head around, or develop a sure fire way to identify preposition in use.

The basic ones that identify an obvious pace in time, location, etc... I have no problems, but the trickier ones...it's almost like someone is playing games with me.

Any help is going to be greatly appreciated
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Re: The Preposition "for".

Postby Josef » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:59 am

"For" can be a preposition or a conjunction. It clearly is not a conjunction here.
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