agree with the privacy policy

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ordinarydaniel, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. ordinarydaniel

    ordinarydaniel Senior Member

    Chinese - Hong Kong
    Hello everyone,
    I found a very common phrase on the Internet: "agree with the Privacy Policy." Is it grammatically correct? I think it should be "agree to the Privacy Policy." Am I right?:confused:
    "agree with the Privacy Policy" - Google Search
     
  2. papakapp Senior Member

    English - NW US
    Hmm... interesting. You can agree to a policy or you can agree with a policy. You can disagree with a policy, but you can not disagree to a policy. But you could say "I don't agree to that policy"

    I think "policy" can refer to an actual document, or that same word, "policy" can refer to the ideals that that document represents. If you "agree with it" you are agreeing to its ideals. If you "agree to it" you are actually clicking a box that says "I agree"

    The difference is pretty subtle. I suspect it only exists in convention, but I'm not sure.
     
  3. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    I suppose that you can agree with a privacy policy but not agree to [it being a part of the conditions of viewing a website or using a service.] You may be able to sue Google... :D
     
  4. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    Texas
    English - US
  5. ordinarydaniel

    ordinarydaniel Senior Member

    Chinese - Hong Kong
    Both "agree to the privacy policy" and "agree with the privacy policy" are correct?
     
  6. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    As has been explained, they are both correct, but mean different things.
     
  7. papakapp Senior Member

    English - NW US
    Not exactly. If you are clicking a box that says "I agree" then you are only agreeing to it. In theory you ought to have already agreed with in in your mind, but most people don't bother with that part.
     
  8. ordinarydaniel

    ordinarydaniel Senior Member

    Chinese - Hong Kong
    Thank you all! :)
     

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