Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Attend

  1. #1
    Allen165 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Switzerland
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    1,676
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Attend

    "Younf persons often attend a lawyer's office in the company of a parent or parents."

    I've never seen "attend" used like this. One can attend an event, but an office?

    Thanks!

  2. #2
    konungursvia's Avatar
    konungursvia is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    4,808
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Attend

    In legal English, particularly in our country, it can be used in that way.

  3. #3
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,786
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Attend

    We attend a doctor's appointment, a dental appointment, a hospital appointment, a meeting, a seminar, a school class, a university and many other things.

  4. #4
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    17,392
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Attend

    Another interesting difference. Many of the things you list we would not "attend" in the US.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  5. #5
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,167
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Attend

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We attend a doctor's appointment, a dental appointment, a hospital appointment, a meeting, a seminar, a school class, a university and many other things.
    This speaker of BrE might attend a meeting or seminar, but that's about all on that list.

  6. #6
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,786
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Attend

    In dental surgeries, over the last year or so, the following signs have been turning up.

    "Non-attendance will result in you being taken off our books."
    "Non-attendance will attract a fee."

Similar Threads

  1. to attend
    By flowersa in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Jan-2012, 14:35
  2. go to attend
    By joham in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-Sep-2010, 18:30
  3. [Grammar] attend to or attend
    By Sister1 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 15-Mar-2010, 21:24
  4. [General] I attend school/I attend a good school.
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-May-2009, 06:39
  5. attend
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Oct-2007, 19:51

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •