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    buy on your behalf

    If I say "I will buy the book for you", it would mean that I will pay for the book and give it to you. Am I right?

    If a private tutor wants to buy a textbook for his student and wants him to return the money, how would he phrase the sentence?

    Can he say "I will buy the book on your behalf"?

    It sounds right to me, but then I am not sure.

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    Re: buy on your behalf

    Yes, but both of the sentences are vague enough about payment to allow for some misunderstanding. We'd almost always say something clearer like "I'll pick the book up while I'm at the bookstore, and you can give me the money next time." Alternatively, "I'll buy you the book" is 99% clear no payment is expected.


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    Re: buy on your behalf

    Correct.

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    Re: buy on your behalf

    Thanks, Konungursvia.


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    Re: buy on your behalf

    You are welcome.

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    Re: buy on your behalf

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Correct.
    Hi Svartnik

    Do you mean that the private tutor should say "I will buy the textbook on your behalf" if he wants his student to pay him back the money?

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    Re: buy on your behalf

    If you say it that way, it is ambiguous as to the payment.

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    Re: buy on your behalf

    Thanks, Konungursvia.

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    Re: buy on your behalf

    Why don't you just say: 'I'll get the book for you, you can pay me when I bring it.' ? No doubt about payment!

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