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    Question Approved someone to do something

    Hi,

    I approved someone to do something, but I want to cancel that approval before something to be done.

    In this situation, which word should I use to express the meaning?

    A. Cancel approval?
    B. Withdraw approval?

    Which is correct?

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    Re: Approved someone to do something

    None of this sounds very natural.

    Previously, I had approved so-and-so's ability to charge team lunches the project expense report.

    I am now withdrawing that approval.
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    Re: Approved someone to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    None of this sounds very natural.

    Previously, I had approved so-and-so's ability to charge team lunches the project expense report.

    I am now withdrawing that approval.

    But you also use "Withdraw", why "Withdraw approval" sounds unnatural?

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    Re: Approved someone to do something

    The "I approved somebody" compared to "I approved [person]'s ability to..." is what sounded awkward.
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    Re: Approved someone to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The "I approved somebody" compared to "I approved [person]'s ability to..." is what sounded awkward.
    I originally intended for using "someone to do something" as object,

    what about if added "that"? Is it also awkward?

    I approved that someone to do something, but I want to withdraw that approval before something to be done.
    Last edited by fenglish; 14-Nov-2010 at 05:44.

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    Re: Approved someone to do something

    Well, it sure sounds awkward. Could you write the actual sentence so we can see real verbs instead "someone" and "to do something."

    It's hard to imagine it would would make the "that" sound right, but let's see it in the right context.
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