English version

answer for somebody/something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishanswer for somebody/something phrasal verb1 to explain to people in authority why you did something wrong or why something happened, and be punished if necessary Their coach must answer for the team’s poor performance.2 RESPONSIBLE have a lot to answer for informal to be responsible for causing a lot of trouble3 CERTAINLY/DEFINITELY can’t answer for somebody spoken used to say that you cannot make a decision for someone who is not there, or give their opinion I’m sure John will help us – I can’t really answer for the others. answer→ See Verb table
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answer for Noel Coward has a lot to answer for.You can even have your phone answered for a minimal charge.Father Devlin had an answer for everything.After all, he's old enough to answer for his own actions.It was not a good enough answer for me.One-hundred - eighty-pound Roy, who looks willowy by comparison, answers for Oregon.Regardless of the reasons why you are currently job hunting, this book has the answers for you.have a lot to answer forThat sister of yours has an awful lot to answer for.
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Verb table
answer
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyanswer
he, she, itanswers
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyanswered
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave answered
he, she, ithas answered
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad answered
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill answer
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have answered
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam answering
he, she, itis answering
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you, we, theyare answering
Past
I, he, she, itwas answering
you, we, theywere answering
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been answering
he, she, ithas been answering
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been answering
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be answering
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been answering
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