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    Authorization for whom?

    Below is part of a form to be filled out. I'm a bit troubled by the "for whom" part because I think it's ambiguous. Apparently, it's short for "who is authorized." Would you understand it that way? I think "in whose name" or "who is authorized" would be better.

    Authorization for conducting cross-examinations;
    if yes, for whom:

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Authorization for whom?

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: Authorization for whom?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    Below is part of a form to be filled out. I'm a bit troubled by the "for whom" part because I think it's ambiguous. Apparently, it's short for "who is authorized." Would you understand it that way? I think "in whose name" or "who is authorized" would be better.

    Authorization for conducting cross-examinations;
    if yes, for whom:

    Thanks a lot!
    Can you provide full context? There's no logical connection between the two lines as you provide them here.

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    Re: Authorization for whom?

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Can you provide full context? There's no logical connection between the two lines as you provide them here.
    The person reading the form is supposed to check off "yes" or "no." "Yes" if authorization for conducting cross-examinations is given in the document that the form refers to, "no" if it isn't. That's the full context.

    "For whom" strikes me as incorrect because you give authorization to someone, not for someone.

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Authorization for whom?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    The person reading the form is supposed to check off "yes" or "no." "Yes" if authorization for conducting cross-examinations is given in the document that the form refers to, "no" if it isn't. That's the full context.

    "For whom" strikes me as incorrect because you give authorization to someone, not for someone.

    Thanks a lot!
    "...in whose name" would be better.

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    Re: Authorization for whom?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "...in whose name" would be better.
    Couldn't that also be ambiguous? i.e. "In whose name is this person authorized to do this"

    If it's asking who is the one authorized, then I'd say "to whom" (to whom is the authorization given).

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    Re: Authorization for whom?

    How about just If yes, who, but it's actually unnecessary isn't it as anyone not authorised will not be in the list, so you could just have Authorization for conducting cross-examinations followed by the names, or use that as a heading then have Authorised/Not authorised

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