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    Question 'finalize' vs. 'make a decision'?

    Hello! I'm a student from Korea.

    I was thinking of joining the member which go skiing this weekend. But I'm not sure yet.


    So I mentioned him just before.

    A: "I'll finalize my schedule. And then, I'll tell you whether go or not until Wed."


    But my friend said.

    B: I can't understand. Are you saying that "You'll make a decision until Wed.?"




    So I was confused and I have some questions. Please help me.

    1) What is difference between 'finalize' and 'make a decision'?
    2) Are those sentences correct?

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: 'finalize' vs. 'make a decision'?

    Welcome to the forum, dohoonlee. I am delighted to see that, unlike some members, you have given your thread a helpful title.
    Quote Originally Posted by dohoonlee85 View Post
    A: "I'll finalize my schedule. And then, I'll tell you whether go I'm going or not until by Wedneday."

    B:I can't understand. Are you saying that "You'll make a decision until by Wednesday?"
    Your words meant that that you were going to complete the details of your schedule. That would enable you to make a decision. So, your friend was right to think that you were going to make a decision, but wrong if he thought that 'finalise my schedule' meant 'make a decision'.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: 'finalize' vs. 'make a decision'?

    Quote Originally Posted by dohoonlee85 View Post
    1) What is difference between 'finalize' and 'make a decision'?
    They're stages in the process- first, you would finalise your schedule and then decide whether you could go skiing. Your friend's interest is in your decision rather than the process leading up to it as they want to know whether you'll be going or not.

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    Default Re: 'finalize' vs. 'make a decision'?

    It's very kind of you!! Oh, I got it....

    Your fixing my sentences in detail is really helpful for me as I'm a student. It's very impressive!

    But I still have a query. I wonder if you could give me a one more hand.


    I'll finalize my schedule by tomorrow.

    I'll make a decision about/on my schedule by tomorrow.



    Could you let me know what the difference is between them?

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    Default Re: 'finalize' vs. 'make a decision'?

    Quote Originally Posted by dohoonlee85 View Post
    It's very kind of you!! Oh, I got it....

    Your fixing my sentences in detail is really helpful for me as I'm a student. It's very impressive!

    But I still have a query. I wonder if you could give me a one more hand.


    I'll finalize my schedule by tomorrow.

    I'll make a decision about/on my schedule by tomorrow.



    Could you let me know what the difference is between them?
    "Finalizing your schedule" means that it is finished. Once it's finalized, you have a complete schedule in front of you.
    "Making a decision about your schedule" could include anything. You might decide to rip it up and do as you please spontaneously that week. "Making a decision" might involve shifting an appointment from Wednesday to Thursday - which has nothing to do with finalising it.

    But really, you should be able to infer that from the straightforward meaning of the words. There's nothing tricky here.

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    Default Re: 'finalize' vs. 'make a decision'?

    Thank you!

    I totally understand and your advices are very helpful!!

    It's very kind of you!

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