* 1900 , , (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) , Chapter 23
- "By means of the Golden Cap I shall command the Winged Monkeys to carry you to the gates of the Emerald City," said Glinda, "for it would be a shame to deprive the people of so wonderful a ruler."
Directed at, intended to belong to.
- The astronauts headed for the moon.
Supporting (opposite of against ).
- I have something for you.
- All those for the motion raise your hands.
- He wouldn't apologize; and just for that, she refused to help him.
- (UK usage) He looks better for having lost weight.
- She was the worse for drink.
Over a period of time.
- with fiery eyes sparkling for very wrath
- They fought for days over a silly pencil.
Throughout an extent of space.
- To guide the sun's bright chariot for a day.
On behalf of.
- For many miles about / There's scarce a bush.
Instead of, or in place of.
* Bible, Exodus xxi. 23, 24
- I will stand in for him.
In order to obtain or acquire.
- And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for' life, eye '''for''' eye, tooth '''for''' tooth, hand '''for''' hand, foot ' for foot.
- I am aiming for completion by the end of business Thursday.
- He's going for his doctorate.
- Do you want to go for coffee?
- People all over Greece looked to Delphi for answers.
- Can you go to the store for some eggs?
- I'm saving up for a car.
- Don't wait for an answer.
- What did he ask you for ?
In the direction of:
- He writes not for' money, nor ' for praise.
- Run for the hills!
* Francis Bacon
- He was headed for the door when he remembered.
By the standards of, usually with the implication of those standards being lower than one might otherwise expect.
- We sailed from Peru for China and Japan.
- Fair for its day.
Despite, in spite of.
* 1892 August 6, , "The Unbidden Guest", in All the Year Round ,
- She's spry for an old lady.
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* 1968 , J. J. Scarisbrick, Henry VIII (page 240)
- Mr. Joseph Blenkinshaw was perhaps not worth quite so much as was reported; but for all that he was a very wealthy man
- For all his faults, there had been something lofty and great about him - as a judge, as a patron of education, as a builder, as an international figure.
- For that to happen now is incredibly unlikely.'' (=''It is incredibly unlikely that that will happen now. )
(chiefly, US) Out of;
- All I want is for you to be happy.'' (=''All I want is that you be happy. )
(cricket) (used as part of a score to indicate the number of wickets that have fallen)
Indicating that in the character of or as being which anything is regarded or treated; to be, or as being.
* John Locke
- We take a falling meteor for a star.
- If a man can be fully assured of anything for' a truth, without having examined, what is there that he may not embrace ' for true?
- Most of our ingenious young men take up some cry'd-up English poet for their model.
See the entry for the phrasal verb.
(obsolete) Indicating that in prevention of which, or through fear of which, anything is done.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- But let her go for an ungrateful woman.
- We'll have a bib, for spoiling of thy doublet.
* for good
* for good and all
* for good measure
* for it
* for kicks
* for real
* for the record
* once and for all
* Andrea Tyler and Vyvyan Evans, "Spatial particles of orientation", in The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Embodied Meaning and Cognition , Cambridge University Press, 2003, 0-521-81430 8
* ya, yah, yer, yeh, y', yo, yu (informal or eye dialect)
* yoo (eye dialect)
* youe, yow, yowe (obsolete)
(object pronoun) The people spoken, or written to, as an object.
* 1611 , Bible , Authorized (King James) Version. Genesis XLII:
* (William Shakespeare), Richard III :
- And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you , saying, Ye are spies [...].
* 1611 , Bible , Authorized (King James) Version. Genesis XIX:
- If I may counsaile you, some day or two / Your Highnesse shall repose you at the Tower [...].
* 1975 , Joseph Nazel, Death for Hire :
- And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city.
(object pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as an object. (Replacing thee; originally as a mark of respect.)
* (Thomas Malory), Le Morte Darthur , Book VIII:
- You'd better get you a gun and kill him before he kills you or somebody.
(subject pronoun) The people spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Replacing ye.)
- I charge you , as ye woll have my love, that ye warne your kynnesmen that ye woll beare that day the slyve of golde uppon your helmet.
- Both of you should get ready now.
(subject pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Originally as a mark of respect.)
* (Geoffrey Chaucer), "The Clerk's Tale", Canterbury Tales , Ellesmere manuscript (c. 1410):
- You are all supposed to do as I tell you.
* 1814 , (Jane Austen), Mansfield Park :
- certes lord / so wel vs liketh yow / And al youre werk / and euere han doon / þat we / Ne koude nat vs self deuysen how / We myghte lyuen / in moore felicitee [...].
(indefinite personal pronoun) Anyone, one; an unspecified individual or group of individuals (as subject or object).
* 2001 , Polly Vernon, The Guardian , 5 May 2001:
- You' are right, Fanny, to protest against such an office, but ' you need not be afraid.
- You' can't choose your family, your lovers are difficult and volatile, but, oh, ' you can choose your friends - so doesn't it make much more sense to live and holiday with them instead?
* Originally, , respectively.)
* In some forms of English, are all but nonexistent.
* Although , or youse (though not all of these are completely equivalent or considered Standard English).
* The pronoun is usually omitted in imperative sentences, but need not be. In affirmative imperatives, it may be included before the verb (You go right ahead''; ''You stay out of it''); in negative imperatives, it may be included either before the ''don't'', or, more commonly, after it (''Don't you dare go in there''; ''Don't you start now ).
* See for other personal pronouns.
*: yer (UK eye dialect)
*: all of you (plural)
*: you all
*: you + number
*: y'all, all y'all (Southern US)
*: ya'll (AAVE)
*: you-uns (Midwestern US and Appalachia)
*: you guys/you gals
*: you lot (UK)
*: allyou (Caribbean)
*: yer (UK eye dialect)
* , ye, to you, to thee, to ye
* ye, to you, to ye, to you all
* (one) one, people, they, them
The individual or group spoken or written to.
Used before epithets for emphasis.
- Have you gentlemen come to see the lady who fell backwards off a bus?
- You idiot!
To address (a person) using the pronoun you'', rather than ''thou .