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    to meet,to meet with

    Hello everybody!
    I have a question
    What is difference between to meet and to meet with

    I will be grateful for any help
    Thank you


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    Re: to meet,to meet with

    '... to meet with...' would suggest a somewhat formal purpose.

    "... to meet with the board to discuss finances."
    "... to meet with my tenants to arrange payments."
    "... to meet with a contractor to fix a date for repairs."
    "... to meet with resistance while trying to arrange those payments."

    '... to meet...' is usually used to simply describe the act of
    coming together, whether for no purpose, or for something informal, and often involving someone, or something, new.

    "... to meet for drinks at O'Brians."
    "... to meet my blind date this evening."
    "... to meet my new girlfriends parents."

    There are plenty of exceptions to this, but it's a start.


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    Re: to meet,to meet with

    Thank you very much for your help


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    Re: to meet,to meet with

    [quote=wsemajb;116932]'
    "... to meet with the board to discuss finances."
    quote]

    Sorry, I met the word several times and consulted it in my dictionary, but I still can not understand what is the meaning, could you tell me what does it mean? Does it mean "committee"?
    Thanks!
    Ian


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    Re: to meet,to meet with

    This is a good definition,

    "an official group of persons who direct or supervise some activity: a board of directors"

    Yes, it is a committee, but board is usually used to describe members associated with more formal business activity. Committee has much broader usage and can include many less formal groups of people coming together for a common purpose.

    Many english speakers identify the word committee with more formal groups when referring to Chinese political culture. This might cause you some confusion if you have been exposed to many English translations of Chinese texts, and you should take special care to understand it's more general use.
    Board will almost always refer to (semi-permanent) groups assembled for formal business matters.
    Last edited by wsemajb; 27-Sep-2006 at 18:46.

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