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Coordinating Conjunction “For" | (B-Level, Intermediate)

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”For” — Showing a Reason or Explanation

We use the coordinating conjunction “for” to combine sentences or ideas and express that the second sentence is the reason or explanation for the second.

”For” is very formal. Although you will see it in writing, people seldom use it in everyday, conversational English. In general, people use “because” instead of “for.”


Examples using “for” showing a reason or explanation

The public disliked the movie, for it was too violent.

The students worked extra hard, for they did not want to disappoint the professor.

Janet spent a fortune on French lessons, for she was going to meet her French fiancé’s family for the first time.


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