difference between: what for/for what.

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Hi, :)

Please I need to know what's the difference between what for and for what.
Is there any special occasion when I have to use one or another?

And from the gramma point of view, wich of them (what for/for what) is right or wrong.

I hope that you could help me. I've been wondering this to myself from a long time ago.

Goodbye, thanks.
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  • e174043

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    I want to explain these in examples.
    "what for"
    What did you do that for? (as Why) or
    What are you emptying that cupboard for ? (this is also why)
    "for what"
    A:I have exchanged my mobilephone.
    B:For what?
    Of course I'm not sure 100% and you should wait a native speaker's answer.
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