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Can "for" when used in reason clause be used at the beginning of the first sentence?

1 - Because he is getting old, he can't run as fast as he used to.

2 - For he is getting old, he can't run as fast as he used to.

What I want to learn is whether 2 is possible but rare or totally impossible.
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It is impossible.

As is an alternative to Because.
and I would like to ask whether "for" can be used in answer to a question like "because"?

A: Why can't he run as fast as he used to? B: Because / For he is getting old.
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Unfortunately not!

"For" presents a reason for something previously said by the same speaker:

1. I have no intention of buying a cat. For the cat is an idle creature, and much inclined to lechery.

"Because" presents a reason for something previously said or something that is about to be said, or answers the question "why":

2. "Why don't you buy a cat?" "Because cats are idle, lecherous creatures."

3. Because cats are idle, lecherous creatures, I have no intention of buying one.

MrP
thanks.
Nona The Brit
It is impossible.

As is an alternative to Because.

I don't think that as can answer the question "why."
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Teo
Nona The Brit
It is impossible.

As is an alternative to Because.

I don't think that as can answer the question "why."

I believe it is possible.

Q: Why are you late to work?

A: As it is raining outside, I am late to work.
According to Michael Swan's Practical English Usage, Third Edition, since and as cannot be used to answer the question "why."
I see. Do you see anything wrong in my Q & A, grammatically?
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