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    the difference between pertaining to and with respect to

    Hi, can anyone tell me the difference between pertaining to and with respect to, I have seen a lot of sentences and I can barely tell the difference between them. Can these two phrase can be replaced by each other freely in writing?

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    Re: the difference between pertaining to and with respect to

    It would be better if you quoted or composed one or two sentences containing these phrases.

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    Re: the difference between pertaining to and with respect to

    In any case, they are not interchangeable.

    "With respect to X, I can let you know ..." OK
    "Pertaining to X, I can let you know ..." Wrong

    "Can I see the letters pertaining to his proposal?" OK
    "Can I see the letters with respect to his proposal?" Wrong

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    Re: the difference between pertaining to and with respect to

    Quote Originally Posted by javierchang View Post
    Hi, can anyone tell me the difference between pertaining to and with respect to, I have seen a lot of sentences and I can barely tell the difference between them. Can these two phrase can be replaced by each other freely in writing?
    I would consider little difference in typical conversation/correspondence between the two phrases.

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    Re: the difference between pertaining to and with respect to

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In any case, they are not interchangeable.

    "With respect to X, I can let you know ..." OK
    "Pertaining to X, I can let you know ..." Wrong

    "Can I see the letters pertaining to his proposal?" OK
    "Can I see the letters with respect to his proposal?" Wrong
    Can you explain the "wrongs"?

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    Re: the difference between pertaining to and with respect to

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Can you explain the "wrongs"?
    They don't sound right to me. It could be a stylistic thing.
    Last edited by Raymott; 17-Jun-2013 at 08:11.

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