“With Respect To” and the Alternatives: Cast Your Vote Now!

In this post from a few days ago, you’ll see that some tenacious readers and I have been going at it hammer and tongs, debating what (if anything) to use instead of with respect to in various contexts.

Everyone seems to agree that in most contexts one can be more economical than with respect to. So our debate has focused on a subset of uses of the phrase. If that debate seems a little inconclusive, that’s because whether you use with respect to or something else in that context doesn’t really matter. Nothing is at stake, other than very modest degrees of fluency. Heck, I’ve used with respect to for years, and I can’t say that I feel covered in ignominy.

But a guy’s gotta decide what usages to employ in the context at issue, so in an appeal to the demos, I invite you to vote in the poll below. Heck, you can even write in other choices, but please give it some thought before doing so.

I can’t promise that the result will be binding!

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.