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    • Join Date: Jun 2008
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    With all due respect

    Dear ALL,

    Someone say,'with all due respect Mr. President, that is not true.'

    Is it a verbal English or written English?

    What is the meaning of "due"?

    Can I omit "due" and change the sentence into this?

    "With my highest respect Mr. President, that is not true". Is it more polite to say like this Or too flowery?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: With all due respect

    "With all the respect due to you"

    It is common in spoken, less common in written, English. It is also a standard collocation, so you cannot change it as you suggest. It carries some implication of disapproval of the object of the comment, or what he/she might be saying.

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