Does anyone know if "sought for" can be used at the end of a clause, phrase, or sentence, even if "for" might be redundant? I'm not speaking of "sought for [something]", but "sought for" as an ending (with a period or comma only).

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    That was the goal sought for? No need for for, built into the word sought. If redundant, just don't. To seek is to look for, already. Mar 24, 2022 at 22:30
  • Yes, agree. Certainly, in prose. However, the specific use is for poetry/song. Trying for meter, rhythm, and an ideal number of syllables. Also, for example, consider "fought for", where it make obvious sense. Also, I was wondering about historical usages, perhaps outdated uses.
    – Frixos
    Mar 24, 2022 at 22:38
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    Welcome to EL&U...consider doing a minimum of research as requested on the Help Page...that said, your Q appears interesting. Mar 24, 2022 at 22:45
  • It would help if you explained why you think it might not be acceptable at the end of a clause or sentence. I can think of plenty of examples that end with "for", preceded by a past participle: sought, fought, claimed, spied, framed, died, came, lied, named, cried, famed, tried.... Mar 25, 2022 at 8:48
  • Responding to Chappo: I'm trying to find just one example where it is acceptable. I see you included "sought" in your list.
    – Frixos
    Mar 30, 2022 at 21:31


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