Which phrase is correct "Payable to the order of you" or "Payable to your order".

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"Payable to the order of ..." is specifically an instruction to the bank.

"Payable to the order of you" is basically a nonsensical instruction.
("Payable to your order" is utterly wrong.)

If you are giving instructions for filing out the instruction "Payable to the order of your name here" might make more sense as an meta-instruction to the filling party.

If you do intend, for some reason, to provide an instruction to the bank to pay itself: "Payable to the order of Name of Financial Institution" If this is not an actual financial document or instruction and a more whimsical reference to same then I would recommend "Payable to the order of yourself!"

Finally, if you are describing an instrument that is going to be "Payable to Order of The Reader" it would be described as "made payable to you" as in "you will receive a check made payable to you."

  • +1 for the explanation, but yourself would also be more idiomatic in the last one. – TimLymington Apr 9 '14 at 20:15
  • I do agree and perhaps it is banking jargon but when I am fortunate enough to receive remittances they never do use the reflexive pronouns as we might expect. – Aaron K Apr 9 '14 at 20:23
  • @TimLymington I think many native speakers would use yourself in that last one, but it's not really a reflexive object – it's bank-to-you, not you-to-yourself. So I'd say you're right descriptively but not prescriptively. – Bradd Szonye Apr 9 '14 at 21:46

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