Make Your Editor Cry: Do Diligence vs. Due Diligence

Make Your Editor Cry: Do Diligence vs. Due Diligence

“Due” can mean “owed,” as in a bill has come due. Or it can mean satisfying or capable of satisfying a need, obligation, or duty as in due course. It can also mean exactly, as in due south.

“Due diligence” is a business and legal term. It means you will investigate an individual or company before signing a contract. “Do” does not meet this criterion.

The correct expression is “due diligence.”

Examples:

The lawyer did all of the necessary due diligence to prepare a case before the trial.
If due diligence would have been done, the accident could have been prevented.
While you should perform due diligence before buying a used car, you also shouldn’t be paranoid.

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