For structures after infinitives
For-structures can be used after nouns which express wishes and other personal feelings. Examples are: time, a good/bad idea, plan, aim, need, request, mistake, shame etc.
- It is time for everybody to go to bed.
- It was a shame for them to lose the match.
- There is a plan for Alice to spend a year in China.
After something, anything, nothing etc.
Something, anything, nothing, and similar words are often followed by for + object + infinitive.
- Have you brought something for me to eat?
- Is there anything for me to do?
- Is there anybody for Alice to play with?
After too and enough
A for-structure is often used after too and enough.
- The tea was too hot for me to drink.
- The bag was too heavy for me to lift.
- It is now too late for us to begin the new lesson.
- I explained enough for her to understand what was happening.
For-structure as subject or object
The for-structure can be the subject of a clause.
- For us to fail now would be a disaster.
However, it is more common for a structure with preparatory it to be used.
- It would be a disaster for us to fail now.
Sections in this article
Infinitives without to
Infinitive with its own subject
For-structures after adjectives
For-structures after verbs
For-structures: other uses
Infinitive clauses of purpose
Verbs that can be followed by infinitives
Adjectives that can be followed by infinitives
Nouns that can be followed by infinitives