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    Dear Teacher,

    I read the following sentense:

    "And when a face to face meeting does need to take place the electronic diaries can be automatically scanned by the scheduling system and the earliest date for a meeting managable by all parties can be identified"

    it is not very clear to me for which noun does the adj. managable define?
    if it is the noun "meeting" it does'nt make sense to me becouse it should have written a managable meeting , so it really confuse me, I will appreciate if you can clearify this issue.

    waiting for your kind advise,


    Rinot

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    It refers back to 'date for a meeting' - that is, not just 'date', but the whole idea of a 'possible date for a meeting'.
    If we said, 'manageable date for a meeting' , by coming immediately before 'date', 'manageable' has the emphasis on qualifying 'date' ,when the real sense is that it qualifies the whole :'date for a meeting'.
    We could write:
    "...and the earliest date for a meeting that is manageable by all parties can be identified", where 'that' now refers back to this whole idea of 'date for a meeting'.

    We can shorten this to the given sentence:
    "...and the earliest date for a meeting managable by all parties can be identified"
    Last edited by David L.; 24-May-2009 at 12:19.

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    Hi Rinot

    It's a passive construct with ellispis (...).
    ..., the electronic diaries can be scanned by the scheduling system and the earliest date for a meeting [the earliest date] (that is) manageable by all parties can be identified.
    The relative clause that is manageable modifies the noun earliest date. If you omit the clause, you'll see the passive parallel structures, underlined here:

    • ..., the electronic diaries can be scanned by the scheduling system and the earliest date for a meeting can be identified.

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