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    #1

    Doing or preparing?

    Hi,

    Which sentence is correct?

    Sentence1:
    I got a presentation on this Friday, so I was doing it last week.

    Sentence2:
    I got a presentation on this Friday, so I was preparing it last week.


    Will the word "prepare" relate to collecting data, producing slide and prasticing the presentation?

    Is it incorrect to use "doing" in my case?








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    Re: Doing or preparing?

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Which sentence is correct?
    Sentence1:
    I got a presentation on this Friday, so I was doing it last week.
    Sentence2:
    I got a presentation on this Friday, so I was preparing it last week.

    Will the word "prepare" relate to collecting data, producing slide and prasticing the presentation?
    Is it incorrect to use "doing" in my case?
    Hi

    There are a number of common collocations with "presentation" but "do" is not one of them. Here are some good expressions:

    • deliver a presentation
    • give a presentation
    • prepare (for) a presentation

    Although "doing a presentation" is not a good collocation (and so should not be used), native speakers would take it to mean that you are delivering or giving the presentation.

    By the way, your sentence contains a few examples of non-standard usage. It would be better to say "I have" or "I have got" rather than "I got". Also, it is not usually correct to use a preposition when using "next", "last" or "this" to modify a time word, so just "this Friday" not "on this Friday".

    So, a better sentence would be:

    I have (to give) a presentation this Friday, so I was preparing it (all of) last week.

    I hope this helps.

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