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What for? = why? #1 (permalink) Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:36 am   What for? = why?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #61 "Chit Chat: In the supermarket", question 9

Employee: It's Thursday of course. What do you want to know .........?

(a) to
(b) at
(c) up
(d) for

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #61 "Chit Chat: In the supermarket", answer 9

Employee: It's Thursday of course. What do you want to know for?

Correct answer: (d) for
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It's Thursday of course. What do you want to know .........?

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What for? = why? #2 (permalink) Fri Jan 27, 2006 8:49 am   What for? = why?
 

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What do you want to know for? = Why do you want to know?
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Re: What for? = why? #3 (permalink) Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:30 am   Re: What for? = why?
 

Dear all,

"It's Thursday of course.What do you want to know for? "

Could it be "It's Thursday of course.What do you want to know it for?" as well in this context?

Thank you in advance.

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What for? = why? #4 (permalink) Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:49 am   What for? = why?
 

Not 'it', but 'that' would be a natural alternative.
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What for? = why? #5 (permalink) Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:23 am   What for? = why?
 

Thank you very much for your clarification.

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What for? = why? #6 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 16:00 pm   What for? = why?
 

Why that? What`s the difference in the context above. In the oxford escolar dictionary there are many example about it. only one ex. "did you buy it?" Thanks in advance for your help.
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What for? = why? #7 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 17:41 pm   What for? = why?
 

In Moister Micawber's example, 'that' works because it is a shortened form of
What do you want to know the answer to that question for?
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What for? = why? #8 (permalink) Tue Oct 23, 2012 16:03 pm   What for? = why?
 

I confess, I don`t understand the correct usage of preposition in the end of a phrase like in the sentence in question. Could someone help me? Thanks.
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What for? = why? #9 (permalink) Wed Oct 24, 2012 0:45 am   What for? = why?
 

'What for?' = 'For what reason?' (i.e. 'Why?')

Thus, 'What do you want to know for?' is in essence a short form of 'For what reason do you want to know?' However, without the word 'reason', the word 'for' must be used AFTER 'what' for this meaning.

Without the word 'for' on the end of the sentence in the test, the meaning would change completely.

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What for? = why? #10 (permalink) Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:49 am   What for? = why?
 

In this sentence " Nelson's uncle (proposed/suggested/advised) him to study management information systems". I chose " proposed" but the right answer is "advised". I know " advise s.o to do s.th" but "propose so to do sth" also.
CAn you help me explain?
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What for? = why? #11 (permalink) Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:01 am   What for? = why?
 

advised - recommended

proposed - suggested. However, you have to 'suggest to do'. You would need the preposition 'to':'Nelson's uncle proposed to him that[he should study...'
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What for? = why? #12 (permalink) Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:47 am   What for? = why?
 

Thanks Miss Beeesneees so much!
In conclusion, we can withdraw the structure with "suggest" and "propose" like that:
* " suggest s.o doing s.th" or "suggest s.o that S + should + bare inf"
* " propose to s.o to do s.th" or " propose to s.o that S + should + bare inf"
is it correct?
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