I was attending a presentation and the manager said at least ten times, "I behoove you to read the policies. The first time I heard it, I thought I had not heard it correctly. But then he said it again and again and the audience was primarily educators. It did not sound like the correct use of the word. I have only heard it used in a sentence, "It would behoove you to read the policies."


I think you're right. This manager should say:

"It would behoove you to read the policies" or
"It behooves you to read the policies."


transitive verb
: to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for
- it behooves us to go

intransitive verb
: to be necessary, fit, or proper

[Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary]

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    Hi Mahmoud, congrats on your first answer on our site! Well done on providing a link to a dictionary definition, but we much prefer answers to include the relevant information from that link, rather than force other users to leave our site to find out what the link offers. I've edited your answer to show one way that this might be presented. Note that answers presented like this are much more likely to receive upvotes, whereas bare links can often attract downvotes. For further guidance, see How to Answer. I look forward to your next contribution! :-) Jun 8 '19 at 8:35

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