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I know what the word means, but I'm unsure how to use it in a sentence. In my native language, Danish,"backorder" translates to "Restordre" and when something is unavailable, we say it's"i Restordre",which translates directly into English as "in backorder", but I'm not sure that's correct English. Do English people say that or just "backordered" or something else?

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[-] [email protected] 57 points 2 months ago

"Backordered" or "On backorder" are the normal usages as an adjective.

But "In backorder" would also be perfectly understandable.

[-] [email protected] 47 points 2 months ago

“on backorder”.

“Backorder” is an operational status, so it’s like saying “on fire”, “on duty”, “on order”, or “on patrol”.

[-] DannyMac 29 points 2 months ago

"It's backordered" or "It's on backorder."

[-] [email protected] 29 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

Everyone was giving the right answer here, but not why. (Edit: oops, must have missed the response by intensely_human!)

The preposition “on” is used with “backorder” because it indicates a state or condition of something. For example, we can say “on fire”, “on hold”, “on sale”, "on hiatus" or “on display” to describe the situation of something.

The preposition “in” is used to show the location or position of something, such as “in the box”, “in the car”, or “in the city”.

The preposition “for” is used to show the purpose or reason of something, such as “for fun”, “for work”, or “for sale”.

Therefore, “on” is the most suitable preposition to use with “backorder”.

(but as someone else noted, you probably wouldn't confuse anyone if you said "in" or "for".)

[-] [email protected] 8 points 2 months ago
[-] RGB3x3 4 points 2 months ago

Why always "in"teresting, but never "on"teresting? /s

[-] [email protected] 4 points 2 months ago

Except for "in flux", as a description of a state of being

[-] isyasad 7 points 2 months ago

Or in pain, in understanding, in accordance with, in support of, in disbelief, etc.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 2 months ago

English in a nutshell. Here is a rule. It always works except in this 300 million examples when not. I hate it.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago

Just remember each individual word and phrase in the English language, easy peasy!

[-] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago

I'd argue that "on" is used more when something physical and specific is happening rather than a concept happening

[-] [email protected] 1 points 2 months ago

That just means "inside the flux capacitor". Like an abbreviation.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 2 months ago

Not necessarily. When a situation is "in flux" it is changing or unstable.

[-] shalafi 4 points 2 months ago

And we could say "in backorder status". Thank gods I was born to English and didn't have to learn it.

[-] TwanHE 2 points 2 months ago

Thank god I grew up around a lot of English content because learning any other language has been nigh impossible even if their closer related to my mother tongue.

[-] SkyezOpen 20 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

Backorder has a less permanent meaning than unavailable. It generally means the retailer is out of stock until the next delivery. Reasons can vary, but that's the broad idea.

Oh I should clarify that it's specifically for retail products. If you're in an area with no cellular signal, you would say "cell service is unavailable" rather than "cell service is backordered."

[-] [email protected] 18 points 2 months ago

"Sorry, that product is currently on backorder. I can add you to the list if you'd like."

"The product launch was a huge success, it's currently backordered!"

[-] MrJameGumb 12 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

At my job if a product is currently sold out but still taking new orders we say it's currently "on backorder"

[-] Fetus 10 points 2 months ago

I use Australian English, it's common for people to use either "backordered" or "on backorder" here.

[-] njordomir 9 points 2 months ago

Central/West US. I would say: The laptop is backordered. It is on backorder.

[-] SzethFriendOfNimi 6 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

I went to buy that part for the dryer at the appliance parts store. The clerk told me they don’t have it and when he went to order it from his supplier they told him it’s on backorder but hope next months shipment will have them.

I already paid for it and the supplier will send it to the appliance store when the back ordered part is available.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 2 months ago

I would say "it's on backorder". You could verb it as "it's been backordered", but that feels a bit clunky somehow.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 2 months ago

You can also use it in place of the word "order". As in, "I have a Backorder I'd like to check on."

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