Wednesday, August 8, 2007

In behalf of, on behalf of, or something else

I often read or hear people using "in behalf of" to mean "on behalf of." What is the difference between the two? "In behalf of" means "for the benefit of;" for instance, "we gathered old clothes in behalf of the victims of typhoon Reming." "On behalf of," on the other hand, refers to representing someone or a group of people. So, "on behalf of my fellow teachers, thank you for this award" or "I'm accepting this award on behalf of my boss who was not able to come today." The thing is, usage seems to have made "in behalf of" acceptable for "on behalf of" that so many writers and speakers now use both expressions interchangeably.

What's my take on this? Well, if you want to be persnickety or picky about it, then use "on behalf of" and "in behalf of" correctly. Or, you could just skip either expression and say: "we collected old clothes for the typhoon victims" or "since I'm accepting this award for my fellow teachers, I'd like to say, 'thank you' for all of us."

Thank you to "Anonymous" who posted a comment on "Cope Up With." I agree with you, it is a common mistake. After all, whether you say "cope up with" or "cope with," people will still understand what you mean.

Thanks too to Justine and GM Tristan for the comments and encouragement.

Have a nice day, everyone!


Anonymous said...

Hi Prex. Dami ko natututunan sa blog mo. Wahaha. -Kat

Hustino said...

This is the part where I, justin will interrupt and make a fool out of myself by posting a comment which is entirely for the purpose of learning something. I will now construct a sentence using all the words that you, ate prexi have posted.

So, here it goes...

Sentence no.1 August 10,2007:

"On behalf of" my family, I would like to say hello to you and your husband kuya casey, on this rainy day. Since I don't have any purpose whatsoever of ruining your day any further,I will now keep quiet "for a while", so that i could "cope with" learning new things.

---the end---


o yan ate prexi, as i promised, i posted my ridiculous sentence hahah...