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    Unhappy The Correct use of 'Convene'

    I came across a sentence in a speech script written by my Principal. It makes me very much confused.

    The sentence is as follows:

    I would like to 'convene' everyone to lend their support to this cause....

    I find the word 'convene' oddly used. In my opinion, the better word is 'urge'. If I am not wrong, 'to convene' means to arrange a meeting or to gather for a meeting.

    Will the sentence sound better if I replace 'convene' with 'urge'?

    Your feedback will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by yeecharles; 19-May-2010 at 09:50.

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    Re: The Correct use of 'Convene'

    Quote Originally Posted by yeecharles View Post
    I came across a sentence in a speech script written by my Principal. It makes me very much confused.

    The sentence is as follows:

    I would like to 'convene' everyone to lend their support to this cause....

    I find the word 'convene' oddly used. In my opinion, the better word is 'urge'. If I am not wrong, 'to convene' means to arrange a meeting or to gather for a meeting.

    Will the sentence sound better if I replace 'convene' with 'urge'?

    Your feedback will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Urge, or encourage, would be much better. Your understanding of "convene" is right - to gather for a meeting.

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