Grammatical pattern: VERB + for somebody/something + INFINITIVE

example: TheyARRANGEDfor usto see the museum first.
WeARE WAITINGfor themto respond to our request.
    VERB for smby/smth INFINITIVE

This pattern is similar to the common pattern VERB + somebody/something + INFINITIVE, as in “I want you to stay” and “She asked you to help.” A few of the verbs listed below can follow both that pattern and this one ("intend," "want," “would like,” “need,” “wish”). The other verbs ("arrange," "hate," "hope," "wait") only follow the pattern with “for.” It should also be noted that when "for" is used with verbs that can follow either pattern, there is a slight change of meaning. If someone says "I want him to go to college," for example, the meaning is connected with the will of the speaker and the will of the other person, as well as other factors that might affect whether "he" will go to college. There is also an implicit sense that "his" going to college will be a good thing for the speaker in some way and not only the person who may go to college. If we say "I want for him to go to college," there is the sense that the speaker wants this person to have the opportunity to go to college simply for the benefit of that person.


Verbs that follow the pattern [VERB + FOR somebody/something + INFINITIVE]

arrange, hate, hope, intend, need, plan, wait, wish, would like


Additional examples of the pattern  [VERB + for somebody/something + INFINITIVE]

We’re all hoping for her to win.

I never intended for you to see this.

I would hate for you to get the wrong impression.

We need for you to understand why this is important.

I’d like for you to have a chance to get a good education.

Your mother wishes for you to return home.




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