[Ads-l] Heard: "want _for_ you to do"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 1 22:24:07 EST 2017

On Sun, Jan 1, 2017 at 5:59 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> They’d like for you to stay to supper

Now, if the sentence were

"They'd _want_ for you to stay to supper"

then it would be parallel, and if it read

"They’d like for you to stay _for_ supper"

then it wouldn't be odd at all.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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