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My manager initially wanted to set a meeting on October 1 and then she changed the meeting to October 10. I don't understand why she in her memo used past tense saying "some people wanted to attend and were unavailable on that date"
" the meeting has been changed to October 10. We had originally set this for October 1, but unfortunately some people wanted to attend and were unavailable on that date.
If it is now October 5th, it's possible to say, "There are people who want to attend the meeting, but could not do so on October 1, so it's now going to be held on October 10th."
On the other hand, I don't understand why yellow river can't see that "they wanted to attend on October 1st, but couldn't" is right.
I believe that the memo writer could use either present or past tense. To write "some people want to attend and are unavailable on that date" would be appropriate because both the desire to attend the meeting (whenever it might be) and their inability to attend on 1-Oct are both still current at the time the memo is being written.
However, she might be writing from the frame of mind of her conversation earlier in the day with those people. She is saying "I spoke with some people about this earlier and they told me that they wanted to attend and that 1-Oct wasn't a good date for the meeting".
In my mind it would be more appropriate to use the present tense. She is currently changing the date of the meeting because people do want to attend and at this time they are unavailable on 1-Oct.
Last edited by Jay Louise; 11-Jun-2010 at 13:06.
Last edited by 2006; 11-Jun-2010 at 18:16.
Also, do we know whether they are still unavailable for the 1st? The person would probably have checked their availability for the new date rather than seeing how many were still unavailable, wouldn't she?