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  1. bthomas1492
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    On behalf of

    When using on behalf of do you use first person or third person? So say I am writing an email for someone else. The beginning of my letter begins:

    I am writing this email on behalf of Some One.

    Do I say, "He needed me to ask...", or do I say, "I wanted to ask you...", like he is the one writing the letter?

    As you can tell I am terrible with grammar.

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    Re: On behalf of

    I'd say this is more of an issue of logic than grammar.

    Absolutely use the third person.

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    Re: On behalf of

    At the beginning of the mail use the words you did: 'I am writing this email on behalf of <name>. Thereafter use the third person: 'He wanted me to ask...' or 'He asked me to ask...' are both fine. To increase the immediacy of the request, emphasising that he still wants it, you could say 'He wants to know...<one or more direct questions>'.

    Examples:

    'He wanted/asked me to ask whether you were going to the party.'
    Or, less formally (not advisable in academic contexts):
    'He wants to know: are you coming to his party, and if so are you bringing your sister?'

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    Last edited by BobK; 29-Dec-2009 at 16:42. Reason: Fix typo


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    to Barb _D:


    Yes, I have always had an issue with overthinking things and second guessing myself.

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    Re: On behalf of

    Quote Originally Posted by bthomas1492 View Post
    to Barb _D:


    Yes, I have always had an issue with overthinking things and second guessing myself.
    Me too.

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