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English grammar rules in writing and conversation regarding the words IN vs FOR

 
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In English, when we want to say something in different ways, we don’t need to show our intentions through changing the whole sentence. The words IN and For can do this for us. Using either or can make a big difference in what we mean. There are some really obvious examples in English writing and conversation that make a huge difference. We will provide some good examples in order to demonstrate the differences in intention with only using IN and For.
 
 
I am really disappointed IN you.
 
Here, when we say disappointed in you, it means I am not happy with you.
 
 
I am really disappointed FOR you.
 
Here, when we say disappointed for you, it means I am unhappy on your behalf and I empathize with you.
 
 
There are similar examples as well that through small changes can make big differences. Another such example is WITH vs AT and just like the last example will change the intention of communication. Observe the examples below:
 
 
We are laughing WITH you.
 
This means everybody is laughing along as you are and we are all sharing a moment together.
 
 
We are laughing AT you.
 
This means everybody is making fun of you and we are mocking you.
 
 
Such examples are plenty in the English language and you have to get to know all of them in order to communicate clearly. That is because one single work can really change what you are trying to say. While you are learning them, be careful not to offend someone by using the wrong words.
 
 
 
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