Infinitive with its own subject

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An infinitive can have its own subject. The subject of the infinitive is normally introduced by for.

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Note that we use object pronouns (e.g. him, them, her etc.) after for.

Uses

The structure for + object + infinitive is common after adjectives, nouns and verbs. It is used when we are referring to possibility, necessity or frequency, when we are expressing wishes, suggestions or plans for the future, and when we are giving personal reactions to situations.

Instead of the for-structure, a that-clause with should or a subjunctive is often possible.

Sections in this article

Infinitives
Infinitives: forms
Infinitives without to
To-infinitives
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