charged for/with

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Karen123456, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. Karen123456 Senior Member

    Malaysia English
    According to Mr Marcel Schlatter, a police spokesman, Fricker will be charged for the alleged offences.

    Why is 'for' used? I have been taught to use 'with'. However, the reporter uses 'for'. Have I been taught wrongly?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    English - South-East England
    You're right, it should be 'charged with'. As the report is from Switzerland, it is probably not by a native English-speaker.
  3. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod (English Only)

    I don't know. Is he being fined? They might mean "charged" in that sense. That's quite a stretch of the imagination. Otherwise, I'm with you... I would use "with" instead of "for".
  4. Thomas Veil Senior Member

    English - USA
    There's a slight distinction between an act and a charge. "He is being charged with murder for running the pedestrian over". "Murder" is the charge, "running the pedestrian over" is the act.

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