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    lot on my plate

    Is this sentence OK? I am trying to make a sentence using "lot on my plate".

    Presently I have a lot on my plate and I will be occupied for most weekends. As such I will not be registering for the "Training" class next week.

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    Re: lot on my plate

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Is this sentence OK? I am trying to make a sentence using "lot on my plate".

    Presently I have a lot on my plate and I will be occupied for most weekends. As such I will not be registering for the "Training" class next week.
    It's fine as long as a reader/listener would understand that it is a common metaphor for having a lot to do.

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    Re: lot on my plate

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Presently I have a lot on my plate and I will be occupied for most weekends. As such I will not be registering for the "Training" class next week.
    As bill said, it's fine, though 'as such' normally follows a noun. I am a believer in fairies. As such, I object to your condescending attitude towards the fair folk.

    As the meaning of 'have a lot on one's plate is clear, to most speaker's of BrE at least, there is no need for the part of your sentence I have coloured red. In a more formal letter I would use only the part I have coloured green, joining the two parts with 'so'

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