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2.2.2. Voor + PP expressing a goal
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Another exception to the general rule that adpositions do not take adpositional complements is the preposition voor'for' in its function of expressing an intended goal. First consider the examples in (40), in which the complement of voor is the person for which the biscuits are intended.

Example 40
a. De koekjes zijn voor jou.
  the biscuits are  for you
b. de koekjes voor jou
  the biscuits  for you

The examples in (41) show that the intended goal need not be an animate entity but can also refer to a certain occasion.

Example 41
a. De koekjes zijn voor mijn verjaardag.
  the biscuits  are  for my birthday
  'The biscuits are intended for my birthday.'
b. de koekjes voor mijn verjaardag
  'the biscuits intended for my birthday'

The examples in (42) show that the occasion in question need not be referred to directly, but can also be referred to indirectly by means of an element that denotes a time, as in the (a)-examples, or a location, as in the (b)-examples.

Example 42
a. De koekjes zijn voor morgen.
  the biscuits  are  for tomorrow
  'The biscuits are intended for an occasion that will take place tomorrow.'
a'. de koekjes voor morgen
  'the biscuits intended for an occasion that will take place tomorrow'
b. De koekjes zijn voor daar.
  the biscuits  are  for there
  'The biscuits are intended for an occasion that will take place there.'
b'. de koekjes voor daar
  'the biscuits intended for an occasion that will take place there'

Given the fact that times and locations are typically expressed by means of a prepositional phrase, it does not really come as a surprise that the occasion in question can also be referred to by means of a PP. In (43a), an example is given that involves the temporal PP na het eten'after dinner'. That we are really dealing with a PP-complement, and not with a compound voorna , is clear from the fact illustrated in (43b) that, after R-extraction, the R-pronoun intervenes between voor and the temporal preposition na, and cannot precede the preposition voor; cf. Section 1.2.1, sub II.

Example 43
a. De koekjes zijn voor na het eten.
  the biscuits  are  for  after dinner
b. De koekjes zijn <*er> voor <er> na.
  the biscuits  are  there  for  after

In (44), we give comparable examples involving the locational PP in de duinen'in the dunes'. Unfortunately, however, R-pronominalization is completely blocked in this case. The main argument for claiming that we are not dealing with the complex preposition voorin is that the PP can be replaced by a locational pro-form; this was shown earlier in the (b)-examples in (42).

Example 44
a. De koekjes zijn voor in de duinen.
  the biscuits  are  for in the dunes
b. * De koekjes zijn <er> voor <er> in.
  the biscuits  are  there  for  in

Example (45a), finally, is an example, in which the goal is an object that is in the process of being manufactured; it expresses that the eggs are ingredients intended for the pancakes. The example in (45b) shows, again, that the PP must be considered a complement of voor, that is, that voorin is not a complex preposition in (45).

Example 45
a. De eieren zijn voor in de pannenkoeken.
  the eggs  are  for  in the pancakes
  'The eggs are intended for the pancakes.'
b. De eieren zijn <*er/*daar> voor <er/daar> in.
  the eggs  are      there  for  in
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