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    hi,

    please, what does this expression mean and how to use it appropriately?

    Is it the act of letting someone aware that you are arriving/leaving before than expected.

    "Thanks very much for coming over on such short notice."

    Does it mean "without warning" or "almost without warning"?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    please, what does this expression mean and how to use it appropriately?

    Is it the act of letting someone aware that you are arriving/leaving before than expected.

    "Thanks very much for coming over on such short notice."

    Does it mean "without warning" or "almost without warning"?
    No. If someone does something on short notice he does so soon after being asked. Or he does it without being given much time to respond. Or he does it without being given much time to consider whether he can fulfill the request. For example, it is not short notice if you ask somebody on Monday to do something for you on Saturday. It is short notice if you ask him on Friday to do something for you on Saturday.

    (A warning is a notice that something bad will happen or that something bad might happen.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    please, what does this expression mean and how to use it appropriately?
    Say:
    What does the expression mean, and how should I use it?

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    "Thanks very much for coming over on such short notice."

    thanks a lot.
    it's still a little bit difficult for me to fully understand this expression.
    if I had to explain it in one sentence, would it be "without much time to respond"?
    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    thanks a lot.
    it's still a little bit difficult for me to fully understand this expression.
    if I had to explain it in one sentence, would it be "without much time to respond"?
    Thanks again.
    Yes. If, for example, it is 5pm and you ask me to help you move tomorrow morning that is short notice. I have to decide immediately if I can do it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Yes. If, for example, it is 5pm and you ask me to help you move tomorrow morning that is short notice. I have to decide immediately if I can do it.

    she told me short notice she wasn't coming anymore.

    is that correct, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    she told me short notice she wasn't coming anymore.

    Is that correct, please?
    No. It would be short notice if she told you at 7:30 that she was going to be there at 8:00.


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    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi jctgf,

    There are further words concerning the expression in question:

    short notice, on

    Also, at short notice. With little warning or time to prepare, as in They told us to be ready to move out on short notice. The noun notice here is used in the sense of "information" or "intelligence."

    Well, "short notice" means that there isn't much time, and you have to work quickly. If your in-laws call from the airport and say they'll be there in 15 minutes, and you weren't expecting them... that is short notice.

    To "tender notice" means to inform your company that you won't be working for them anymore. Usually this means two weeks notice, but it can be longer, especially if you are in a supervisory position.

    Combining these two phrases I can't imagine as "short tender notice." That phrase seems meaningless to me. But tendering short notice, maybe. That would just mean that you are telling the company that you are leaving, and leaving very soon. "I just got another job, and I am starting in three days" would be tendering short notice, although I still am not sure anyone would actually say it that way. :)

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    Regards.

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    Last edited by vil; 29-Jun-2008 at 17:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi jctgf,

    There are further words concerning the expression in question:

    short notice, on

    Also, at short notice. With little advance warning or time to prepare, as in They told us to be ready to move out on short notice. The noun notice here is used in the sense of "information" or "intelligence."

    Well, "short notice" means that there isn't much time, and you have to work quickly. If your in-laws call from the airport and say they'll be there in 15 minutes, and you weren't expecting them... that is short notice.

    To "tender notice" means to inform your company that you won't be working for them anymore. Usually this means two weeks notice, but it can be longer, especially if you are in a supervisory position.

    Combining these two phrases I can't imagine as "short tender notice." That phrase seems meaningless to me. But tendering short notice, maybe. That would just mean that you are telling the company that you are leaving, and leaving very soon. "I just got another job, and I am starting in three days" would be tendering short notice, although I still am not sure anyone would actually say it that way. :)

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    Regards.

    V.
    That's good, but leave advance out of advance warning.

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    Hi RonBee,

    Thank you for your recommendation.

    Regards.

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 29-Jun-2008 at 18:26.

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