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in their best interests/for their benefit What is the difference between the phrases "in their best interests" and "for their benefit" used in the same sentence as following: It is in their best interests not to keep them secret. It is for their benefit not to keep them secret.
Mar 10, 2014 3:16 AM
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These phrases are quite different, and I wouldn't interchange them. I'd say "in their best interests" is stronger language than "for (or 'to') their benefit." For their benefit means it would be nice, but it's optional. "In their best interest" suggests bad consequences if they take another path. "Benefit" comes from Latin "bene" meaning well, in a good way. "Best" is English, and is the superlative form of "well" or "good."
March 10, 2014
No difference
March 10, 2014
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