For the sake of (Informal way)


Hi everyone,

Is there a less formal way to express "for the sake of good + something" ?

It often happens to me to use it in writing (i.e. for the sake of good order/completeness/clarity and so on) but I'm looking for something more friendly while typing to people I actually know or to whom I frequently write to (while I think I will keep using it for formal email conversations, finding this to be a good option).

Many thanks
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    For the sake of... is a perfectly good expression in both formal and informal contexts. If referring to people, it will often be transformed into the "Saxon genitive". E.g:

    But please, for the sake of your poor old dad, keep the door open three inches.
    I wanted to make amends. Not for my sake, but for my mom's sake.


    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    In business correspondence, "For the sake of completeness", "for the sake of good order" seem to be set expressions. I don't know whether there's a more colloquial equivalent that can be used; I don't think I've seen them used with the 's possessive.

    In ordinary speech, we wouldn't really need any of those expressions.
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