I really know that for the levels of studying English language, we had always said that "for" is a coordinator. However, I would like to know what for serves in this sentence

  1. For God so loved the world.

Is it still a coordinator or any word class?

  • I think it's pretty obsolete in Modern English. I always wondered why it was listed as coordinating in textbooks, and I think it's just tradition. I've never heard it used with intent to communicate; only in recitative. – John Lawler Mar 26 at 23:41
  • I would consider it mean exactly the same thing as because. – Jason Bassford Mar 27 at 3:00
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    It's a preposition in your example. The subordinator "for" only occurs with infinitival clauses, e.g. For Ed to say that is very unusual. – BillJ Mar 27 at 8:40

In your case 'for' is a conjunction.

According to Oxford English English Dictionary (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/for):




Because; since.

‘he felt guilty, for he knew that he bore a share of responsibility for Fanny's death’

As about the term 'coordinator' it's a synonym of 'conjunction'.

See in Oxford Living Dictionary:


2 Grammar  A word used to connect clauses, sentences, or words of equal syntactic importance (e.g. and, or, for)

‘subordinate clauses can be connected with a coordinator’ (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/coordinator)

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