I am not going to school today, for I am sick.

When did "for" become old-fashioned? Is it still used in everyday conversation?

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    The preposition for has not yet become old-fashioned. For in the sense of 'because' is a conjunction, and it is overly formal/literary.
    – Kris
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 5:55
  • I think for in the sense of because is indeed old-fashioned, and that this is the reason that it is perceived as overly formal. See this Ngram for some idea of when it declined in usage. It seems to have peaked in 1880, and has been declining since. Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 14:47

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No, it is no longer used in everday conversation ;)

  • This answer is mostly jest.
    – philshem
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 15:56
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    No, it's before that. It's so since 1910. ;-) Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 16:59
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    1912 for he, 1915 for she. 1916 for all three combined.
    – phenry
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 17:40
  • None of these can qualify as anything more than 'opinion', certainly not a canonical answer.
    – Kris
    Commented Jan 23, 2014 at 7:06
  • One cannot be too sure with these figures: google.com/… (This comment is not a continuation of or related to the previous.)
    – Kris
    Commented Jan 23, 2014 at 7:11

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