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Posted by Olwen   22 Feb 2014 7 44 pm

Hi Alex,

Grateful for your advice if there are any grammatical/other mistakes in the following sentences:

1. Please note that the venue of the next meeting held from 9:00-11:00 am on March 3, 2014 will be changed to the Conference Room on the 3rd floor of the Bank Centre.

2. We advised them that we are unable to participate the programme on March 3, 2014.

Thank you.
Olwen
 
 

Teacher
Posted by alex stringer   24 Feb 2014 2 36 pm

Hi

1. Basically fine; this is slightly better:

Please note that the venue of the next meeting (9:00-11:00 am, March 3, 2014) has been changed to the Conference Room on the 3rd floor of the Bank Centre.

2. We advised them that we are unable to participate in (or take part in) the programme on March 3, 2014.

Alex
 
 
Posted by Olwen   27 Feb 2014 3 19 pm

Thank you, Alex. May I ask further:

Re No. 1 of my query above, should I insert "to be" before "held"? (the meeting hasn't been held yet)

Does the word "held" mean "which will be held"?

Re No. 2 above, is it grammatically right if I use future tense "we will not be able to" instead of present tense "are unable to"?

Many thanks,
Olwen
 
 

Teacher
Posted by alex stringer   28 Feb 2014 8 52 am

Hi
No. The participle 'held' would normally suggest past time.* So you you should say, 'which will be held'. I thought the bracketed date and time was a neater way of doing it.

*However, in your other post : 'we will bear the hotel expenses to be incurred by Mr. X '
you can remove 'to be' because the future time reference is clear as you begin, 'we will bear...'.

Always choose the least wordy option; proof your sentences on the basis of a dollar per word(!)

 
 

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