Do respect / Due respect

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Whenever you precede a critical comment by using the expression “with all due respect“, you claim to give people the respect they are due.

This phrase always precedes a polite disagreement with what a person has said or brings up a controversial point and is one of those expressions you may want to avoid using unless you do intend to be as polite as possible; but it’s generally used to simply preface an intentional insult.

If you are planning to use it for any purpose, be sure to write it correctly, as many people often misspell it “all do respect”  or even “all-do respect.”

Example:

  • Although I think highly of you, with all due respect, you haven’t really answered my question.
  • With all due respect, that account doesn’t fit the facts.

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