I'd like to ask if the following sentence is grammatically correct: It is a rare luxury yearned for by even those who have it all.

I am especially concerned with the usage of the phrasal verb "yearned for" - should it be "yearned" instead? If neither of these two constructions are correct, can you suggest another verb that will make the sentence more effective? I am thinking of using "sought" instead, although I don't think that it communicates the level of intensity that 'yearning' does.

Thank you!

  • Yearned for even by those...
    – Marv Mills
    Oct 21, 2014 at 8:22

3 Answers 3


To answer the first part of your question, the sentence is grammatical. It definitely should not be "yearned" -- if you use yearn, you need for. But if you prefer a single word there are alternatives: craved, coveted, desired...


Agree with the comment by @Marv, reordering 'even' and 'by' scans better, and it would probably be 'sought after' as a replacement for 'yearned for':

It is a rare luxury sought after even by those who have it all

  • Why is sought after any better than yearned for? Oct 21, 2014 at 12:14
  • No better, just the question mentioned use of 'sought', sorry!
    – mjsqu
    Oct 21, 2014 at 13:09

If you wish to keep it simple: It is a rare luxury fancied even by those who have it all.

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