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    How to confirm presence in an event (trade fair, anniversary party, meetings, etc) when you're invited and asked for confirmation?

    I confirm my presence at the meeting/event/anniversary.

    Is this right?

    Thank you.

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    Help?

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    Default Re: confirming presence in an event

    The reply will rather depend on the format of the invitation, and the nature of the event. If it is a business occasion, it will be along the lines of "Thank you for inviting me to attend the conference [title], at [location] on [date]. I have much pleasure in accepting and shall look forward to meeting you then". It is wise to specify all these details as double confirmation of the event, location and date.

    A formal social invitation would need a reply along the lines of "[your name] thanks [inviter's name] for their kind invitation to [event], and has much pleasure in accepting."

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    Default Re: confirming presence in an event

    Thank you Anglika, I agree with you that it depends much on the situation. Because of this I was looking for a standard way to say, not so formal and not too informal.

    As I have already replied I would like to know if the following sentence is grammaticaly correct.

    Thank you for the invitation, I confirm my attendance at the meeting in São Paulo.

    regards,

    [My Name]

    It's not a very formal meeting anyway. And today everything must be as direct and straight as possible (at least I grew up with this idea in mind) that sometimes I feel ashamed to write things like it's a pleasure, thanks for the invitation, I'm looking forward, etc.

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    Default Re: confirming presence in an event

    Then why not say so in your initial posting.

    Frankly, there's either 'the way' to reply to a specific invitation; or ', as seems to befit your needs:
    "Thanks. I'll be there."

    And today everything must be as direct and straight as possible

    To not clutter up the directness, we'll see dropping of the 'thanks' next.

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    Default Re: confirming presence in an event

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Then why not say so in your initial posting.

    Well I provided an example and didn't say anything about formal or not formal, although I think it's very helpful to know what formal would be like.

    Frankly, there's either 'the way' to reply to a specific invitation; or ', as seems to befit your needs:
    "Thanks. I'll be there."

    And today everything must be as direct and straight as possible

    To not clutter up the directness, we'll see dropping of the 'thanks' next.

    Welcome to the new world.
    Thanks David.

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    Default Re: confirming presence in an event

    Thank you for the invitation, I confirm my attendance at the meeting in São Paulo.
    'Attendance' would be better than presence. The comma should be replaced with a full-stop I think.

    Thanks. I'll be there.
    This would be very informal.

    not a teacher

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    'Attendance' would be better than presence. The comma should be replaced with a full-stop I think.



    This would be very informal.

    not a teacher
    Thank you!

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    Default Re: confirming presence in an event

    Quote Originally Posted by anreak View Post
    Thank you!
    You can confirm you intention to attend, but you cannot confirm your attendance or presence until you are there.

    "Thank you for your (kind) invitation. I would be pleased to attend"

    That is not too formal, nor too casual. It would suit most ordinary invitations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You can confirm you intention to attend, but you cannot confirm your attendance or presence until you are there.

    "Thank you for your (kind) invitation. I would be pleased to attend"

    That is not too formal, nor too casual. It would suit most ordinary invitations.
    Thanks, it's an interesting point to take into consideration. But to me it sounds like you don't give much importance to the event. At least it's my impression as a student. Thanks Raymott .

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