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    "In support of " = "In back of " ?

    Dear English Native Teachers,

    When someone's opinion is exactly what I think, can I say the following two sentences to express my support of him ? Or are both the following sentences correct?

    1) I am in support of you.

    2) I am in back of you.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: "In support of " = "In back of " ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SongYuxiang View Post
    Dear English Native Teachers,

    When someone's opinion is exactly what I think, can I say the following two sentences to express my support of him ? Or are both the following sentences correct?

    1) I am in support of you.

    2) I am in back of you.

    Thank you in advance.
    It would be much simpler just to say "I support you". "I am in back of you" is not good.

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    Re: "In support of " = "In back of " ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SongYuxiang View Post
    Dear English Native Teachers,

    When someone's opinion is exactly what I think, can I say the following two sentences to express my support of him ? Or are both the following sentences correct?

    1) I am in support of you.

    2) I am in back of you.

    Thank you in advance.
    If you're only talking about someone else having the same opinion as you, I would simply say "We are in total agreement" or something like that.

    With sentence 1, when you talk about supporting them, it usually means that you are prepared to give that person your help and support with something that they want to do.

    Sentence 2 - this doesn't mean the same thing at all. In AmE, I believe "I am in back of you" means "I am standing behind you". We do say that we "back someone" when we're talking about support, or when we're offering financial assistance.

    Examples:

    Friend: I'm thinking of giving up my job and travelling the world. What do you think?
    You: It's your decision, but whatever you decide, I'll support you.

    You (to bank manager): I want to start my own business. Can you help?
    Bank manager: If you have a good business idea, the bank would probably be prepared to back you.

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    Re: "In support of " = "In back of " ?

    Thank you, dear emsr2d2, your explanation is clear and helpful.

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    Re: "In support of " = "In back of " ?

    Thank you, dear bhaisahab, your help is constructive to my learning of English.

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