If somebody told me:

I'm happy for you to make this change.

Does it means that he is going to do it, or does it means he gave me his permission to make the change, but I am the one who will act?

  • I wouldn't say "benediction", that's a formal blessing given by a priest. You might be getting mixed up with the phrase "You have my blessing(s)", which is a figure of speech meaning "you have my permission", which is what the phrase in your question means, too. Aug 19, 2016 at 12:17
  • @MaxWilliams - Anyone can give a benediction. It is not limited to priests or services. "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back..." is a common one in Ireland. Aug 19, 2016 at 12:21
  • It does mean you are now on the hook. Aug 19, 2016 at 12:24
  • @medica Ok, I stand corrected, but it's still wrong in the context of the question, ie it's not a synonym for permission. Aug 19, 2016 at 12:25
  • @Max: It seems to me Are you happy for me to (make this change)? is always a request for "permission". Aug 19, 2016 at 12:31

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I would take that as an indication that the other person would have no objection to your making the change yourself. If the other person was going to carry out the action he would say "I'd be happy to make that change"

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