Some verbs are followed by a direct object, and others take a preposition before the direct object. Search is one of those verbs. The usage is different depending on whether or not you use the preposition.
You can use search + [noun], with out the preposition, when the [noun] is the place you are searching in or around, like this:
- I searched my desk several times, but I could not find my stapler. Maybe someone borrowed it. My desk is the place I was searching.
- Jack said he searched his car and his office, but he couldn’t find his wallet.
- Jen searched her heart and realized she still loves Johnny.
You can use search + for + [noun] when the [noun] is the thing you want to find, like this:
- I searched for my stapler but I could not find it. Maybe someone borrowed it. My stapler is the thing I was trying to find.
- Jack said he searched for his wallet in the car and the offices, but he couldn’t find it.
- Jen searched for the reason she is blue, and in her heart, realized she still loves Johnny.
Did you search for something this week? What was it?
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