Writing for Business

Apr 13 2009   5:27PM GMT

Intents and purposes or intensive purposes?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
For all __________________, you’ll be managing the plant for the next two weeks.
a. intents and purposes
b. intensive purposes

Answer: a

Intents and purposes is the correct expression. In this context, it means that the person referred to will be acting as manager, despite not having that job title. Because it sounds similar, intensive purposes is often used mistakenly by people who have only heard the expression and not seen it in writing.

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