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Dear Ted:

Is there any difference between "FOR business" and "ON business"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Also, is it correct to define them as "prepositional phrases"?

Finally, should I use "for business" or "on business" in the sentences below?

1) He's away ON / FOR business.

2) He's in town ON / FOR business.

Thank you very much for the help.

Paolo

P.S. Ted, is the question "Also, is it correct to define them as 'prepositional phrases'?" correctly written?

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Dear Paolo:

  Dear Ted:

Is there any difference between "FOR business" and "ON business"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** There is a difference, depending on how they are used.  Here are some examples:

I bought a new suit FOR business use only.

The high tax rate is unfavorable FOR businesses.

The new restaurant is now open FOR business.

My boss is away ON a business trip.

He is an expert ON business, especially international business.

Jack charged his company for his travel and eating expenses, because he was ON business.



Also, is it correct to define them as "prepositional phrases"?

*** Yes, they are prepositional phrases.

Finally, should I use "for business" or "on business" in the sentences below?

1) He's away ON / FOR business.

*** ON

2) He's in town ON / FOR business.

*** Either one CAN be used, but I think prefer ON.  However, I would change the sentence slightly and have this:  He is in town FOR business reasons.

Thank you very much for the help.

Paolo

P.S. Ted, is the question "Also, is it correct to define them as 'prepositional phrases'?" correctly written?

*** Yes, it is.

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