"In reference for" vs "on behalf of"

doveric

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Chinese
Hi guys, just a quick question:-

Do the captioned 2 terms mean more or less the same thing to you? For example, if A signed a document on B's behalf, can I say "A signed the document in reference for B"?

I think the crux of my question is I don't understand the meaning and usage of "in reference for", which appeared (as "I hereby certify the deed in reference for company X") in a formally document which I have to reply to.

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!
 
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I don't think I've ever seen "in reference for" used in the context you've described here. :(

    The standard phrase for it as far as I'm aware is "on behalf of". :)
     
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