Discussion in 'English Only' started by sevengem, May 6, 2014.
I know "applaud" is a transitive verb. But can I also say "applaud for sb"?
With no change of meaning?
Not in BE. The audience applauded the violinist (not applauded for the violinist).
What sentence are you thinking of?
Ah. I didn't say there was no change in meaning!
To my ear, in AE usage, "applaud" (verb) is often used like "clap [the hands]".
"The crowd applauded for the performers, until everyone took at least three bows."
This does not sound awkward to me; but it works without the "for", also.
But "applaud" without the "for" can also mean "praise":
"The president applauds everyone who is working to assist the disaster victims."
Do you mean somebody? ("Sb" is not a word.) I don't think I've ever heard "applaud for" a person, although we "applaud for" an act. For example: She was applauded for her outstanding performance in the play. His colleagues applauded him for his generous aid to the flood victims.
Is there a difference between AE and BE?
Separate names with a comma.