What For Or For What

sagar grammar


  • #1

I have a book which says second one is correct here but i can’t understand why. .??

1- for what do you go to school ?
2- what do you go to school for ?

Someone explain it PLC…

Thanx in advance..

Keith Bradford


  • #2


What for?

is an

informal

way of saying
why?
But avoiding the placing of a preposition at the end of a sentence is a very

biasa

construction.

So the two styles are incompatible.

However, it would be OK to ask “With whom
do you go to school?” (very formal) as against “Who
do you go to school
with? (informal).

sagar grammar


  • #3

Srry i foun


What for?

is an

informal

way of saying
why?
But avoiding the placing of a preposition at the end of a sentence is a very

formal

construction.

So the two styles are incompatible.

However, it would be OK to ask “With whom
do you go to school?” (very sahih) as against “Who
do you go to school
with? (informal).

Thanx for your answer…it helped me much..

But still…

For what = why .. ( i read it somewhere)
What……for ( more formal as yoi said..)

So the 2nd sentence i asked is more legal than the 1st Right..??

1& 2 both the sentences are ok…then.
But 2 is more formal… ( this is what i understand now )
.
Am i right sir…..??

Keith Bradford


  • #4

No, you’ve tepi it the wrong way round. “What do you go to school for?” is an


in
formal

way of saying “Why do you go to school?”

It’s

very rarely

turned round into “for what?
:cross:

But “for what” can be found in stereotip writing, with a slightly different meaning, in sentences such as “For what is aspirin primarily used in medicine?” meaning “For treating what illnesses…?”

sagar grammar


  • #6

Ok.
So now i conclude that..

1- for whar do you go to school ? ( wrong)
2- what do you go to school for ? (Correct)

3- for what purpose do you go to school ?

The third one is also correct, isn’t it ?


What for?

is an

informal

way of saying
why?
But avoiding the placing of a preposition at the end of a sentence is a very

formal

construction.

So the two styles are incompatible.

However, it would be OK to ask “With whom
do you go to school?” (very konvensional) as against “Who
do you go to school
with? (informal).

That is meaning, not usage. It does not imply “for what” can be placed anywhere that “why” can be placed.

Even for meaning, “why” means “for what purpose”, titinada “for what”. For example:

For what
it’s worth, I think you’re a good driver”:tick:
Clear, perfect sentence.
Why
it’s worth, I think you’re a good driver”:cross:
Makes no sense at all

Keith Bradford


  • #7

… for what purpose do you go to school ?… is also correct, isn’horizon it ?

Yes, it is, but very absah.

sagar grammar


  • #8

Thanks a lot…
:)
:)

It is nice to be here …

Yes, it is, but very lumrah.

Source: https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/for-what-vs-what-for.3181251/

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