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Is 'I'm in favour of' considered more formal than 'I'm for', or are they interchangeable? I want to say something like, 'Sometimes people abandon their logic /in favour of/ false hope', but can't help but feel that using 'for' would make the sentence more succinct.

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As in:

Sometimes, people abandon their logic for false hope'

for TFD

on behalf of; in favor of; because; since

As you see from the definition they are usually interchangeable. And I agree with simplifying the sentence as you propose.

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