Posted by R. Berg on January 17, 2006
In Reply to: Quid Pro Quo posted by Bruce Kahl on January 17, 2006
: : Quid Pro Quo. what is an example of a way I could use this term/phrase? would this work, "you mow the lawn Quid Pro Quo I take you to the movies? if you have any examples please help!
: You hit the nail on the head.
: Your phrase means literally:
: This for that.
: You do something for me and I will do something for you in return.
Your example of lawn and movies gets the *idea* of "quid pro quo" right, but that isn't the way the phrase is *used*. It's used as a noun. It can refer to one of the items exchanged or to the act of exchanging them. Since you didn't use much punctuation, I can't tell exactly how the phrase stands in your example. A correct use: "If you mow the lawn, I'll take you to the movies as a quid pro quo."