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everything is going well with/ for you

Discussion in 'English Only' started by better_in_time, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. better_in_time Senior Member

    Chinese, Thai
    I wonder if I can replace "with" with "for" in the following sentence, which is a greeting sentence from an e-mail.

    I hope everything is going well with you.
    (i.e., can i say "I hope everything is going well for you" to express the same meaning?)

    Thanks!
     
  2. susanna76 Senior Member

    Romanian
    To my ear the set phrase is "I hope everything is going well with you." The emphasis here is on "going well." "Going well for you" seems stronger, in that the "for you" part -- rather than the rather neutral "with you" in the first example -- accentuates the idea that things are happening in the benefit of the addressee. I would use the second phrase if the addressee was waiting to hear about a promotion, a job offer, or some grant... In other words, I would use it when I know of particulars that may or may not go well for the addressee.
     
  3. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Colorado
    English-US
    I use "with" myself when I make this sort of remark, Better. However, using "for" also sounds good. :)
     
  4. better_in_time Senior Member

    Chinese, Thai
    thanks you both for your prompt replies!
     

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