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When to use “Dafür” instead of “für das”

RexV

I understand that “Dafür” means stuff like for that / for it / for that reason.

However, when should I use this word instead of “für das”?
 

Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Hallo RexV,

Dafür is another one of those German contractions - in this instance, a combination of für das. Its usage rules are like those for zum vs. zu dem, which we looked at a couple of months ago (https://members.rocketlanguages.com/members/forum/german-grammar/zu-vs-zum).

Essentially, the key rule to follow with any standard German contraction is this: If a contraction is possible, then it should be used. The only exceptions are when you are stressing the article or when the article is being used as a pronoun.

I hope that that is helpful! 

Bis bald!

Liss

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