Common mistake all for not (all for naught)

All for Not (All for Naught)

Have you ever come across the phrase "all for not"? It's a common mistake people make when they actually mean "all for naught." Let's explore the correct usage and meaning of this expression.

All for Naught

The correct phrase is "all for naught," which means that everything you did or put effort into was in vain or without any result. It suggests that your actions or endeavors came to nothing or had no positive outcome.

Here are a few examples of how to use "all for naught" in context:

  • She worked tirelessly on the project, but in the end, it was all for naught as the client canceled the contract.
  • They spent years preparing for the championship, but their dreams of winning it all were shattered when they lost in the final round. It was all for naught.
  • I tried my best to mend our relationship, but it seems like my efforts were all for naught.

All for Not

All for not, on the other hand, is an incorrect variation of the phrase. It is a common grammatical mistake that changes the meaning entirely. When someone says "all for not," they are essentially saying "everything was done for the purpose of being not." This incorrect usage can confuse the listener and alter the intended meaning of the sentence.

Here's an incorrect example of using "all for not" in a sentence:

  • I studied all night for the exam, but it was all for not as I still failed to pass.

Linguix grammar checker can help you avoid this and many other grammatical errors by providing real-time suggestions and corrections as you write.

all for not (all for naught) mistake examples

  • Correct:
    Sorry all for not being in the chat.
  • Incorrect:
    My farmer pants were all for not...

    My farmer pants were all for naught...

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