in behalf/on behalf


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Someone is going to accept a trophy for the winner of a race because the winner can't be at the awards ceremony. Does he accept in behalf or on behalf. Which is correct {forum search found a similar thread but no conclusion}
  • MichaelW

    Senior Member
    English (British)
    It is "on behalf of", I can't think of any instance where I'd say "in behalf of" - so I am surprised the other thread was inconclusive.
    The only occasion I've heard 'in her behalf' was in rehearsals for 'The Sound of Music':

    Sister Margaretta: "I'd like to say a word in her behalf: Maria makes me laugh."

    (Words by Oscar Hammerstein II - an American writer.)

    Having to listen to this ad nauseam during six months' rehearsals and ten performances used to irritate the hell out of me.

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