Wait a minute.
I have learned from books, English teachers, and friends of mine who are sticklers for correct usage that when using the verb crave, we do not add the preposition for.
- Learners Dictionary: Like many celebrities, he craves attention. ▪ I was craving french fries, so I pulled into the nearest fast-food restaurant.
- Oxford Advanced American Dictionary: She has always craved excitement.
And so I lived happily ever after.
I was fiddling with Maverick, the newest OS of Apple, and I checked out its newish Oxford Dictionary of English (the built-in app replacing the last OS’s Oxford American Dictionary).
The dictionary entry for crave now allows for. And gave me the example: Will craved for family life.
But wait. There’s more!
So do the other dictionaries:
- Merriam-Webster uses after when using the intransitive verb crave (to have a strong or inward desire). Example: craves after affection.
- Collins Dictionary states that the intransitive verb crave is followed by for or by after.
- Macmillan Dictionary gives this example: Lewis still craves for the recognition he feels he lacks in America.
- Random House Dictionary states that when crave means “to beg or plead,” it is followed by for.
Oh well. Learning is sometimes unlearning.
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