Can I use these both interchangeably? He went to jail for nothing. He served for nothing.
Aug 25, 2018 12:32 AM
Answers · 2
'Serve' only applies to prison if used transitively, and the object is the prison sentence, e.g. "he served five years". "He served for nothing" might apply to domestic or military service, or to tennis; the wording you are looking for is "He served time for nothing", which is unambiguously about prison.
August 25, 2018
i would only say "he served for nothing" if it is known that he is in jail. otherwise, if there is no context an english speaker will not know what this means
August 25, 2018
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