Say, I am talking to a coworker before a meeting with a client. We decided to use a projector in the meeting room. I want to say that I will find a portable projector somewhere and make it available to use. So, I say:

a) "I will arrange the projector." b) "I will arrange for the projector."

Which is more appropriate?

If what I meant was that I was going to have my secretary set it all up for us, should my choice of sentence change?

In the same scenario, the client asks us if he can borrow a laptop computer from us. A dictionary says: to arrange something for someone – to make it possible for someone to use/have something. So, of the following two, is a) a natural reply to the request? Is b) cumbersome?

a) "I will arrange a laptop computer for you." b) "I will arrange for a laptop computer for you"

Lastly, do the following mean the same?

a) "I am going to arrange a party. b) "I am going to arrange for a party."

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    Not definitive enough to be an answer, from a "correct grammar" point of view, but "I will arrange a projector" sounds like you will take an active role in sorting this out, whereas "arrange for a projector" sounds to me like you intend to delegate this task to someone.
    – AdamV
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 23:47

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With the first sentence, your choice should be (b), but with some arrangement to it.

It would look a bit strange if you stop after the word "projector" in

I will arrange for the projector.

You'd better finish the sentence:

I will arrange for the projector to be made available for use.

You can omit the "to-infinitive" clause if you arrange (i.e. prepare) for some event:

I will arrange for a celebration.

..but "projector" is a thing, not an event, so it's relly a recipient of some action:

I will arrange [for a projector to be brought in]. ("projector" is part of the bracketed clause)

With the second sentence, this option is grammatically correct but does not fit the purpose:

I will arrange a laptop computer for you.

..it would mean "I will place a laptop in a neat position for you", as if I assume that you will have some laptop and I will approach you and move the laptop a little to make it more comfortable for you.

I would use your option (b), but rearranged a bit:

I will arrange for a laptop computer to be given to you.

a) I am going to arrange a party. = "I am going to prepare a party, to plan a party"
b) "I am going to arrange for a party. = "I am going to prepare for a party"

  • To "prepare for a party" might simply mean getting dressed to attend a party, without being involved in the planning or "arranging" of the party. Commented Mar 12, 2015 at 8:46

According to the BNC (British National Corpus), the construction arrange for can be used here as well, and "to-infinitive" clause is not obligatory but quite common.

Try to arrange for a written record of what has been agreed for the next meeting, so...

The plain construction arrange includes more your actions, while arrange for would inline other's actions as well.


The dummy word 'for' is a clue that the object is an event, and not a physical object. You might 'arrange the projectors' by moving them around, but if you 'arrange for the projectors [to be] [there]' then you are probably scheduling [for] them. That last 'for' is optional because scheduling always takes an abstract object.

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