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"in my behalf" and "on my behalf".
I wonder if there is any actual difference in the daily usage of these
two idioms. Thank you
There are 9 occurences in the American National Corpus, which all look to me like grammatical errors.
However, there are 1800 Google Book hits for this phrase, many dating back to the 1800s, and I find it very hard to believe that they are all typos or errors.
SeraphinAccording to the dictionary, there IS a difference betweenIt's not used on this side of the Atlantic, either. What does your dictionary say it means, Saraphin?
According to the dictionaries,
Random House Unabridged Dictionary
(1) in or on behalf of, as a representative of or a proxy for
Anonymous:Both are correct. As originally used, there was a distinction:
On my behalf = For my benefit
In my behalf = As my agent
The meanings have become blurred over time, and the two are now often used interchangeably.
Anonymous:in behalf of somebody| in somebody's behalf (US)in order to help somebodyWe collected money in behalf of the homeless.
on behalf of somebody| on somebody's behalf
1 as the representative of somebody or instead of them On behalf of the department I would like to thank you all.Mr Knight cannot be here, so his wife will accept the prize on his behalf.
2 in order to help somebody. They campaigned on behalf of asylum seekers.
3 because of somebody; for somebody Don't worry on my behalf.
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