I have read the following sentence:

They drink and sing for joy.

What does that mean? Are they so happy that they sing to celebrate it?

  • More properly, there are only four people, and it's "sing 4 joy". – Hot Licks Sep 2 '19 at 19:39
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    The same thing it means in "jump for joy," which is because of. – Benjamin Harman Sep 3 '19 at 0:12
  • See also English Language Learners. – Kris Sep 3 '19 at 10:43

Here for means:

because of or as a result of something:

  • I'm feeling all the better for my holiday.
  • "How are you?" "Fine, and all the better for seeing you!"

(Cambridge Dictionary)

Usage etymology:

For alone as a conjunction, "because, since, for the reason that; in order that" is from late Old English, probably a shortening of common Old English phrases such as for þon þy "therefore," literally "for the (reason) that.


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    A person can hang their head for shame. – Michael Harvey Sep 2 '19 at 19:14
  • Whoa! The OP is expected to do that homework, though. – Kris Sep 3 '19 at 10:42

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