It was wrong of / It was wrong for

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passengerman

Senior Member
chinese
Hi all;

What's the difference between "It was wrong of" and "It was wrong for" ?


It was wrong of her to go public and smear his reputation.

If it was wrong for her to go to physicians, this would have been the perfect place for Jesus to have said so


Thanks in advance,
 
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    Of her : the action is being judged as wrong in an absolute sense
    for her : the action is being judged as wrong relative to her - the action has negative consequences for her.

    It was wrong of her to steal
    It was wrong for her to eat so much chocolate
     

    wandle

    Senior Member
    English - British
    (a) It was wrong of her to go public and smear his reputation.
    (b) If it was wrong for her to go to physicians, this would have been the perfect place for Jesus to have said so.
    Sentence (a) means that she did go public and it passes judgement on her. It is looking back at the action, like a court delivering a verdict.
    We say in hindsight that it was right (or wrong) of someone to do what they did.

    Sentence (b) is considering the moral question at the point before the action is taken: it is about the person's decision, not our verdict.
    The sentence is about what moral message people should bear in mind before they act.
    We say it would be right or wrong for someone to do something when we are referring to the decision they make before acting.
     
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