'bad for the health' or 'bad for your health'

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Honki, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. Honki Senior Member

    In the conversational exchange below, which is right, 'bad for the health' or 'bad for your health'?

    Wife: Smoking is very bad for the / your health. Won't you stop smoking? I really worry about you.
    Husband: All right. If it will make you happy, I'll stop smoking.

    Thanks a lot.
  2. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - England
    People say both. It sounds more personal if you say bad for your health. Sometimes you don't want to sound personal, of course.
  3. Embonpoint Senior Member

    This may be one of those that depends on where you are from. For me (American who has lived mostly in the northeast), bad for your health is the choice.
  4. Honki Senior Member

    Hi, Thomas and Embonpoint.
    This is Honki.
    Thank you for your advice.

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