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The compound preposition airson (for, for the sake of, on behalf of) can be used in different ways and can change meaning in context. Here are some common usages: 

1. With time expressions meaning ‘for’: 

Chaidh e a–null thairis airson bliadhna

He went abroad for a year.

2. With the genitive (possessive) case of nouns meaning ‘for, on account of’: 

Cheannaich mi seòclaid airson na cèic.

I bought chocolate for the cake.

3. Often used in the construction ‘too something to be/do something’: 

Tha mi ro òg airson a bhith a’ dràibheadh.

I’m too young to be driving.

4. With the verb bi: tha, bha, bidh. Tha mi airson … (I am for …) doing something: 

Tha mi airson a’ chèic sin a cheannach.

I want to buy that cake.

Bha iad airson an obair sin a dhèanamh.

They wanted to do that work.

We saw in Cuspair 7 that to use airson with a pronoun we add the possessive adjectives: mo, do, a, a (h–), ar, ur, an/am between the two parts of the compound preposition: air mo shon (for me, for my sake), air a son (for her/its sake) and so on. 

Tha obair ann an seo. An cuir thu a–steach air a son?

There is work here. Will you apply for it?

Rinn Dòmhnall sin air mo shon.

Donald made that for me.

airson + mo  air mo shon 
airson + do  air do shon 
airson + a  air a shon 
airson + a  air a son 
airson + ar  air ar son 
airson + ur  air ur son 
airson + an  air an son 

As with other compound prepositions, when a noun follows airson directly it should be in the genitive (possessive) case: 

Tha mi a’ dol a chur a–steach airson na h–obrach.

I am going to put in for the job.