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What is the difference between 'for' and 'four'?

What is the difference between 'for' and 'four'?

The words for and four are often confused because of their similar sound. Do you know the difference?

For means with the object or purpose of when used as a preposition.

Four means the number after three and before five when used as a noun.

A good way to remember the difference is the number four has 4 letters.

Out of the two words, 'for' is the most common. It appears about 25 times more frequently than 'four'.



Homophones are words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. These words are easy to confuse.

Four is the number that comes after "three" and before "five."

For is a preposition that means "with the object or purpose of, in order to gain or acquire." It can also be used as a conjunction to mean "because."

Should I use ', for example ,' or ', four example ,'?

The right phrase is ', for example ,'. These phrases are often confused because they sound the same.

Which is correct 'for the first time' or 'four the first time'?

You should use 'for the first time'. These phrases are often confused because they sound similar.

Should I use ', for instance ,' or ', four instance ,'?

The correct expression is ', for instance ,'. These phrases are often confused because they are homophones.

What's the correct phrase 'for the purpose of' or 'four the purpose of'?

The correct expression is 'for the purpose of'. These phrases are often confused because they sound the same.

Should I use 'for the most part' or 'four the most part'?

The right phrase is 'for the most part'. These phrases are often confused because they have the same pronunciation but different meanings.

Is the correct expression 'sixty-four thousand question' or 'sixty-for thousand question'?

The right phrase is 'sixty-four thousand question'. These phrases are often confused because they are homophones.

Is the correct phrase 'the four one one' or 'the for one one'?

The correct expression is 'the four one one'. These phrases are often confused because they have the same pronunciation but different meanings.

Is the correct phrase 'four on the floor' or 'for on the floor'?

The correct expression is 'four on the floor'. These phrases are often confused because they are homophones.

Some synonyms of four are: 4, fourth, iv.

Some synonyms of for are: toward, in order to, because

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of ForDictionary Definition of Four

Examples of for in a sentence

For my family, friends, and students
- The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
This book is for fellow writer Marty Levine who was in my thoughts all the time I was in Miami.
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels
She wiped the back of her forearm across her forehead and reached for the bottle of oil.
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming
For information, address St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y.
- The Replacement Child by Christine Barber
For information address:
- Nothing gold can stay by Dana Stabenow

Examples of four in a sentence

Four slave torchbearers arranged themselves in a diamond pattern around them.
- The Rise and Fall of a Dragonking by Lynn Abbey
I'd been grading Miss Trumbull's papers for almost four years, ever since I was a freshman.
- Cropper's cabin by Jim Thompson
Also depressing was the notion that four people had decided to send him that disjointed message.
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub
Lactic dispersion rate: eighty-four.
- The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
Chapter Four
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels
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