How much are you looking FOR FOR it?

the_poet

Member
Italy - Italian
"How much are you looking FOR FOR it?"

Hi WRers! Is it correct to use the double for or do they get blended into one?

Thanks
 
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  • sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    No, they don't get blended into one here, because you need to represent two ideas that use "for":-
    1) "to look for": to hope to get;
    2) "for it": for the thing that you want to sell. I presume this is about the sale of something.
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    How much are you looking for for it?
    Is it correct to use the double for or do they get blended into one?
    Next time you ask a question, please be sure to include it in your post, not just in the thread title.

    In answer to your question: No; while the structure is technically correct, it's confusing, so it would be wrong to use it.
    And no, they don't get blended into one; you need to use different wording.

    We would put the question this way:
    How much do you hope to get for it? OR:
    How much do you hope to sell it for?
     

    the_poet

    Member
    Italy - Italian
    Next time you ask a question, please be sure to include it in your post, not just in the thread title.
    Fixed.

    In answer to your question: No; while the structure is technically correct, it's confusing, so it would be wrong to use it.
    And no, they don't get blended into one; you need to use different wording.

    We would put the question this way:
    How much do you hope to get for it? OR:
    How much do you hope to sell it for?
    Well, I agree, it's confusing. Thanks for posting.
     

    kool-wind

    Senior Member
    British English
    I agree with sound shift.

    If you pronounce each word laboriously then anything would sound confusing.

    If you say it normally, with 'looking for' and 'for it' as pairs, and with the stress in the right place, then there is no confusion possible.
     
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