For structures after verbs
Certain verbs are normally followed by for. Examples are: ask, hope, wait, look, pay, arrange etc. We can use infinitives after them.
- I can't wait for them to finish talking. (NOT I can't wait them to finish talking.)
- Can you arrange for the goods to be delivered soon? (NOT Can you arrange the goods to be delivered soon.)
- I arranged for her to have violin lessons. (NOT I arranged her to have violin lessons.)
Certain verbs like suit, take etc., can also be followed by a for-structure.
- It only takes ten minutes for me to walk to the office.
- Will it suit you for us to call on Sunday?
Note that a for-structure cannot be used in object position after verbs.
- I requested her to help me. (NOT I requested for her to help me.)
- She wanted me to clear her doubts. (NOT She wanted for me to clear her doubts.)
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