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    Eartha is offline Member
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    Smile moderate VS chair

    It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to moderate this first session of the symposium on China and climate change.


    Dear all,

    What's the difference between "moderate"and "chair" here?
    Is chair a good substitue?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Post Re: moderate VS chair

    moderate: it used as a verb and means preside over
    chair: it used as a noun and means a person with moderate views or
    the person in charge of a meeting or an organization (used as a neutral alternative to chairman or chairwoman).

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    Smile Re: moderate VS chair

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammadhelmi View Post
    moderate: it used as a verb and means preside over
    chair: it used as a noun and means a person with moderate views or
    the person in charge of a meeting or an organization (used as a neutral alternative to chairman or chairwoman).

    Chair can also be used as a verb:
    chair2 v [T]
    to be the chairperson of a meeting or committee
     [IMG]file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Local%20Settings/Application%20Data/Lingoes/Translator/temp/dict/D4722835273E184582F2D24696A738EA/res_i_8CB0DC57.png[/IMG]The commission of inquiry was chaired by a well-known judge.
    Isn't a chairperson someone "presiding over" a meeting/session?

    Thank you for your attention. But I'm still a little bit confused.

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    Default Re: moderate VS chair

    You'll see both terms being used. If you're moderating something, it suggests to me that you're simply there to help ensure that things run smoothly and that people follow the procedures, keep to time limits, etc- more a group of equals with the moderator assuming those duties rather than being the big boss.

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