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?

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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 at 19:14
  • Whoa! The OP is expected to do that homework, though. – Kris Sep 3 at 10:42

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