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'as' and 'for'

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'as' and 'for'

Postby Chrisooi » Wed May 25, 2011 2:17 am

"He raised his children alone as his wife died in childbirth."

Can I use the preposition 'for' instead of 'as'?

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Re: 'as' and 'for'

Postby Josef » Wed May 25, 2011 4:59 am

Short answer: yes

"He raised his children alone for his wife died in childbirth." :ok:

Long answer: although you may indeed use "for" instead of "as" in your example sentence, be aware of the following two points:

1. When "for" has the meaning "because" - as in this case - it is a conjunction, not a preposition.

2. This usage, while perfectly correct, is a little dated, not to say stilted (a study of the former British prime minister John Major's speaking will reveal hundreds of examples).
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