The Grammar GuideSpellingWhat is the difference between 'fir' and 'for'?

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

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

The words fir and for are often confused because of their similar spelling. But what is the difference?

For means towards when used as a preposition.

Fir means any conifer of a variety of genera, especially a Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris or a (Abies) when used as a noun.

Out of the two words, 'for' is the most common. It appears about 1953 times more frequently than 'fir'.



It's easy to mix up words with similar spellings like fir and for.

Fir is a noun that refers to a type of coniferous tree.

For is a preposition that can mean "towards, by, because."

What's the correct phrase 'Douglas fir Douglas fir' or 'Douglas for Douglas for'?

You should use 'Douglas fir Douglas fir'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Should I use 'Douglas fir Douglas fir' or 'Douglas for Douglas for'?

The right expression is 'Douglas fir Douglas fir'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Which is correct 'Rocky Mountain Douglas fir' or 'Rocky Mountain Douglas for'?

You should use 'Rocky Mountain Douglas fir'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Should it be 'regenerated balsam fir forests' or 'regenerated balsam for forests'?

The right phrase is 'regenerated balsam fir forests'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Is the correct expression 'Douglas fir plywood panels' or 'Douglas for plywood panels'?

The correct phrase is 'Douglas fir plywood panels'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

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

The right expression is ', for example ,'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

What's the right phrase 'for the first time' or 'fir the first time'?

The correct phrase is 'for the first time'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Is the expression ', for instance ,' or ', fir instance ,'?

The right expression is ', for instance ,'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Which is correct 'for the purpose of' or 'fir the purpose of'?

The right phrase is 'for the purpose of'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

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

The correct phrase is 'for the most part'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Some synonyms of fir are: fir tree, wood, coniferous tree, conifer, true fir, Christmas tree

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of firDictionary Definition of for

Examples of fir in a sentence

There were no leafy shade trees, but a few stunted fir and spruce, gnarled and weather-beaten.
- One Man's Art by Nora Roberts
The huge fir trees seemed to float past out car on either road shoulder.
- Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
What will the solemn hemlock, What will the fir-tree say?
- The collected poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson; Rachel Wetzsteon
The delivery included a small plastic cube with a healthy fir-seed suspended in it.
- Self's punishment by Bernhard Schlink; Walter Popp
He went through the long grass to a clump of young fir-trees, that were no higher than a man.
- Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

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

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