I recently wrote a text containing the following sentence:

"[...] So we keep asking while we await the next game of the national team of a country far away. "

The text was read by two English native speakers and one suggested to use FOR instead of OF:

"[...] So we keep asking while we await the next game for the national team of a country far away."

Is that a correct way to express that we await the moment when the national team next plays (not when we next participate in the game of the national team).

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    'We await the national team's next game.' // 'We await the next game played by the national team' would use the most appropriate preposition, but is much less idiomatic. The two original suggestions sound unnatural. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 21 at 10:52
  • Ok, I've actually simplified the original sentence - unnecessarily perhaps. Please see the post edited. – Dawid Feb 21 at 11:18
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    Still both unnatural-sounding. Although there are probably examples where (a) 'of', (b) 'for', would sound fine. Google "game of" and "game for" (and ignore obviously unrelated examples). – Edwin Ashworth Feb 21 at 11:47
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    I googled "next match*Liverpool is" (everything in bold was my search term); I got a few results of "next match against Liverpool is", one for "next match for Liverpool is" and one for "next match of Liverpool is". So it's definitely not a common word order! Personally "for" sounds ok, whereas "of" sounds non-native (and the hit for that was from an Indian website). – AndyT Feb 21 at 12:02
  • Thanks. So if I want to preserve current word order it's going to be "for", not "of". But how about modifying it according to Edwin's first suggestion: "So we keep asking while we await the national team of a country far away's next game"? Personally, as a non-native speaker, I would not take such risk but perhaps it's perfectly correct? – Dawid Feb 21 at 12:06

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