Pick the right ‘respect’ phrase

You could make a bad impression—or even damage a relationship—if you inadvertently confuse these two phrases: “with all due respect” and “with all respect.” They communicate very different meanings, with very different tones.

  • With all due respect generally conveys an air of restrained sarcasm or cynicism that indicates you do not believe respect is due. Example: “With all due respect, that accusation is completely false.”
  • With all respect implies polite disagreement. Example: “With all respect for your experience in the field, I believe we have valid reasons for changing our approach today.”

What other phrases can easily be misconstrued? Add your thoughts in the comments below.

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