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    #1

    The next meeting will be held tentatively at the end of August 2010.

    Dear Friends,

    Which of the folloiwng is correct:

    1) The next meeting will be held tentatively at the end of March 2010.

    2) The next meeting will be held tentatively in the end of March 2010.

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    Re: The next meeting will be held tentatively at the end of August 2010.

    'at' is your preposition. Do you think 'tentatively' is needed in the sentence? If so, why? What does it do?

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    Re: The next meeting will be held tentatively at the end of August 2010.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    'at' is your preposition. Do you think 'tentatively' is needed in the sentence? If so, why? What does it do?
    Thanks for the reply. Yes "Tentatively" is required. Because still we are not sure when will be the next meeting exactly. It is possible that it may be in second of August 2010 or end of August 2010 or first week of September 2010.

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    Re: The next meeting will be held tentatively at the end of August 2010.

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetie123 View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Yes "Tentatively" is required. Because still we are not sure when will be the next meeting exactly. It is possible that it may be in second of August 2010 or end of August 2010 or first week of September 2010.

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    In that case 'probably' is probably a better word. Or you could say the next meeting is tentatively scheduled (or just planned/slated for +<time> (no need for "at" in this case)). The collocation 'tentatively held' suggests a rather silly meeting!

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    PS Of course, the idea of people stopping outside the meeting, stopping, and thinking "No, come to think of it, let's have it tomorrow" isn't seriously going to occur to a sane person; but the point is that what is 'tentative' is the scheduling of the meeting, not whether or not it's held.
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    Re: The next meeting will be held tentatively at the end of August 2010.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In that case 'probably' is probably a better word. Or you could say the next meeting is tentatively scheduled (or just planned/slated for +<time> (no need for "at" in this case)). The collocation 'tentatively held' suggests a rather silly meeting!

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    PS Of course, the idea of people stopping outside the meeting, stopping, and thinking "No, come to think of it, let's have it tomorrow" isn't seriously going to occur to a sane person; but the point is that what is 'tentative' is the scheduling of the meeting, not whether or not it's held.
    The next meeting most likely would be held at the end of March 2010.
    I suggest rather than 'will' you should use 'would' as you are not sure about the meeting

    Hope it helps


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    Re: The next meeting will be held tentatively at the end of August 2010.

    Or rephrase completely: "It is proposed that the next meeting will be held at the end of March, day, date and time to be confirmed".

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    Re: The next meeting will be held tentatively at the end of August 2010.

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetie123 View Post
    Below are some suggestions for improving the sentences in your second post.

    Thanks for the reply. Yes, "tentatively" is required, because (we still are not sure)(still we are not sure) (exactly when)(when exactly) the next meeting will be. It is possible that it may be on the second of August or at the end of August or in the first week of September (in)(of) 2010.

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