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On Behalf or In Behalf?

"In the half of management, I welcome you to the Annual Planning Workshop."

Management and employees scratch their heads as they start the meeting. It takes a full minute for the snickering to stop.

Okay, so we know that things like above only happen in bad dreams. We know that the word "behalf" should take the place of that awkward and plainly wrong phrase, "the half." But there seems to be some confusion on the preposition that precedes it. Is it on behalf or in behalf?

Not a lot of grammar books can clarify this for you. The good news is that the answer is easily googled. But since you're here, I might as well help you out.

Both phrases are correct, but each has a particular use.

On behalf means "as a representative of."
"On behalf of the Management team, I thank you all for attending this meeting."

In behalf means "for the benefit of."
"We are raising funds in behalf of the typhoon victims."

So there, the next time you speak on somebody's behalf, you can be pretty sure you're using the right preposition. There will be no snickering. Promise.

2 Comments:

  1. rotsen said...
    hi gege,

    here's one youtube video you might want to check out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IRUkwvCKDA

    regards,
    K said...
    I had never run into this until today - and it kinda set me back on my heels. So I Googled it - and found your explanation second - but liked it. Clarified everything. On behalf of my husband and myself I thank you for what you have done in behalf of a puzzled world. Or at least - I think I do.

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