Student or Learner
Hi.I have just learned the phrasal verb "to pencil someone in"...my question is ...Is the opposite to pen someone in? Does it exist?Thanks!
Not a teacher only a native speaker.
I wouldn't have thought so, as a pen is more permanent, so if anything would only be confirming the appointment even more than 'penciling' someone in would be.
You could use it in a joking way.
For example, the person says "Should I pencil you in?" and you could say "No, I'm going to be there for sure! You can pen me in!" But it's not a standard idiom; you would just be playing with words.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.