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After FOR (as Coordinating Conjunction) could be a -ING verb ?

I know after FOR can be a clause with Subject, verb and complements

for example: I asked him to stop, FOR I had something important to tell him.

And is it posible FOR before a pronoun (me, you, us, them…) as connnector of two clauses?

  • (1) "I asked him to stop, for I was aching to tell him something." (2) In the previous sentence, "I" is a pronoun. You're referring specifically to object pronouns. It's possible (although awkward) for an object pronoun to come at the start of a clause, e.g. "me in a bathing suit was a rare sight", so using for to conjoin this with another clause might look like this: "I asked him to take a photo, for me in a bathing suit was a rare sight." But we would normally avoid such awkward syntax. – Chappo Jan 18 at 2:31
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It is more common to use "so", "so that" or "in order that" as a connector for coordinating conjunctions. For example,

She asked him to stop so (that) she could tell him something.

Just as a note your existing sentence uses "For" correctly in a coordinating conjunction. It sounds like a less common usage and something I might read in older literature.

I asked him to stop, FOR I had something important to tell him.

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    ...think it is closer to because or maybe as. i.e., I asked him to stop because I had something important to tell him. – Cascabel Jan 17 at 21:47

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