Grammar Patterns

V for n

II.6 The 'argue' group

These verbs are concerned with supporting or defending someone or something.
Most ministers argued for a strengthening of ties between the two institutions.
He begged Morton to intercede for his life, offering his whole estate as a ransom.
Sometimes this means learning to stand up for yourself and your own needs by saying no to family and friends after a lifetime of saying yes.
In the case of argue and vote, the preposition for is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
The poll showed 42 per cent would vote for ratifying the treaty, with 32 per cent against.
  • argue
  • declare
  • demonstrate
  • intercede
  • pray
  • root
  • testify
  • vote
  • speak up
  • stand up
  • stick up
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