I am speaking for/in behalf of

Luigi manzi

Member
Portuguese-Brazil
Hello, In a hypothetical scenario where my father(John) wants to cancel his phone line but he doesn't speak English and I act as his interpreter what should I tell the person at the other end of the line?

I am speaking in behalf of John/him
I am speaking for John/him
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Would speak for work in an informal environment?
    The problem with that is not whether it’s formal or informal, but what it actually means. We tend to use “speak for” someone else in the sense of expressing their opinion, which is quite different from making a phone call for them because they can’t do it themselves. It’s probably used mostly in the negative, e.g. “I can’t speak for my brother, but in my view…”.
     
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