Prepositional Phrases – For

–  Prepositional Phrases – For  –

An Alphabetical list of English Prepositional Phrases using the word “For”  –  If you do not see the Phrase that you are looking for, please let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to add it for you at my earliest convenience.


  • Accounts For – This phrasal verb is used to mean: “is the reason for”“is responsible for” and “explains” all wrapped up in the same phrase, but the significance of using this phrase is that whatever the phrase is referring to can be somehow proven with statistics (such as a percentage)…  “Human stupidity *accounts for* at least 99.9% of all the problems in the world.”

  • Apologize For or (Apologize About) – For both of these verb phrases, they must be followed by the subject of what the person is apologizing “for” or “about”, ie. the reason the apology is necessary…  “I *apologized for* my behavior at the office Christmas party, but no one could seem to remember any thing I was *apologizing about*.”

  • (to be) AtLoss For Words – This is an adjectival phrase that we use in either one of two situations.

1.  In a situation, wherein, a person is having trouble finding the correct words to express what he or she wants to say.

“I have done the presentation a hundred times before but for some reason, today, I was at a total loss for words.”

2.  In a situation wherein a person does not even know how to react (and usually another person or group is expecting some sort of response.)

“When the police presented the evidence against him, and it was clear that his story was a lie – suddenly the criminal was at a complete loss for words

(Notice also that the phrase is separable)

  • (to [not] be) Cut Out For (something) – This is an Idiomatic & Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which means:  To [not] be “right” for something (activity), or that one does[n’t] “fit” in a certain position (career).  This phrase probably comes from the time when, if a man wanted a suit, he had to go to the tailor to have one made especially for him.  The tailor would take the measurements and each piece was “cut out” especially for him, so that it would fit perfectly…  So if someone else tried to wear it, most likely it wouldn’t fit.  This phrase, however, reverses that to say that a person is not “cut out for” (does not have the right qualities or skills) to do a certain job or activity.  –  (Note Also:  This phrase is almost always used in the negative)

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