V for n
Structure I: Verb with prepositional Complement
|Verb group||for||noun group|
|She||could pass||for||a man.|
|A shelf||served||for||a desk.|
Verbs with this structure are all concerned with seeming to be something or functioning as something. These verbs are link verbs (see Chapter 5).
Is this what passes for wit among college students these days?
We were close to a small deserted chateau which it was thought would serve for a temporary prison.
In the case of pass, the preposition for is sometimes followed by an adjective or by a number indicating an age. These patterns are V for adj and V for num.
The six white pillars in front of the venue could pass for Greek.
Before I was 50 I looked absurdly young, could pass for 25.