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could you please explain to my children (using precise english grammar rule references) why it is wrong to use the expession "for why" (eg I will tell you for why). This has started to appear all over television and eminates from the US but causes the hair on the back of my neck to stand up every tme I hear it.
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Grammar GeekHi CB,

I'm missing something. Are you saying that "I'll tell you for why" is a common constrution you hear?

Oh no, GG! Not at all. Sorry that I didn't succeed in making my thoughts clear. I just thought your "English" was on a par with the original poster. I burst out laughing when I read it. Great humor.Emotion: smile
Cheers, CB
PS To Hitch: I still get no e-mails from this forum.
I think CB is teasing you about this lovely series of typos:
Grammar Geek I listent of plenty of American TV.
I listent of plenty too. Emotion: smile
CJ
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CalifJim I think CB is teasing you about this lovely series of typos:
Grammar Geek I listent of plenty of American TV.
I listent of plenty too.
CJ

Right, CJ. Something mighty peculiar is going on here, by the way. I did receive an e-mail for CJ's reply. That is nothing compared with the link I didn't create with the word "poster" in my previous post but it is there, at least I have it. VERY strange indeed!
CB
Hi,

I posted this reply some time ago, but the system posted it into the wrong thread! I don't know for why it did that.

could you please explain to my children (using precise english grammar rule references) why it is wrong to use the expession "for why" (eg I will tell you for why). This has started to appear all over television and eminates from the US but causes the hair on the back of my neck to stand up every tme I hear it.
Yes, this is rather annoying, isn't it?

I'd tell them that 'why' already contains the idea of 'for'. In other words, 'why' means 'for what reason or purpose'.
Try that, and get back to us if you need more ammunition.

Best wishes, Clive
Cool Breezehat is nothing compared with the link I didn't create with the word "poster" in my previous post but it is there, at least I have it. VERY strange indeed!
Hi,
I don't see the link you're talking about, but saw a couple of similar links (adverts) somewhere else -- for instance, "San Francisco" in your signature.
Those links should crop up only for unregistered users. Weird, uh? I'm logged in and yet I can see them... Emotion: bat
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Oh! Geez, I make so many typos. But good news - I'm finally replacing the keyboard on the laptop - the one that a few letters have fallen off. I've been kind of smacking the empty spaces with my fingers. Sometimes it works better than other times.
Grammar Geek... a few letters have fallen off. I've been kind of smacking the empty spaces with my fingers. Sometimes it works better than other times.
OMG. LOL! That is FUNNY! Emotion: big smile

CJ
The first letter to fall off was B. That's a big old bummer when your name is Barbara.

It's actually easier to whack the empty space than to try to rest the key were it belongs, because it slips sideways and gets caught and... it's just a mess.

But as much as I hate the process of actually getting through to anyone at Dell, once you have a rep on the phone, the problem is quickly resolved. I was impressed.

So now I must seek a new excuse for the typos!
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So true. It's found often in Chaucer as well, "Me needeth here noon other art to use; Forwhy to every lover I may excuse."

It's a conjuction as well:

Forwhy \For*why"\, conj. [For + why]
   Wherefore; because. 


 
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