• Back For Good: Learning English Phrases with Help from Take That

    How Do You Use The English Phrase ‘For Good’?

    These are words or phrases whose meaning might seem obvious but this is misleading and incorrect. Their meaning is something else other than what we might think. Let’s look at one: For good

    For example: She missed John and wanted him back for good.

    At a first glance, this might look like it means simply that John is wanted back for some good or for some benefit. However, this is not the case. Here, for good is being used as an adverb in the same way as forever or permanently.

    Other ways of saying the same thing are:

    She missed John and wanted him back forever.

    She missed John and wanted him back permanently.

    English Phrase Advice:

    For can be used with good to signify purpose. For example: She wore a red hat for good luck.  However, this is not always the case. It is important to pay attention to the context of what is being said.  Let’s listen to the classic English pop song that uses for good as an adverb. Take That’s Back for Good.

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