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    fix the time

    If I want to have a meeting on a certain date, is OK to ask "What day do we fix the time for? Any other suggestions?

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    Re: fix the time

    'When shall we do it? - Let's fix a time.' I think a native speaker would tend to decouple the two (the deciding and the fixing). Maybe it's something to do with using a 'home-grown' word for the main question, and then the Latinate 'fix' for the details...

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    #3

    Re: fix the time

    If I want to have a meeting on a certain date, is OK to ask "What day do we fix the time for? Any other suggestions?


    ostap.
    I would say something like:
    "What day suits you?'
    "What day's best?"
    "Let's make a day"
    "Do you want to fix a date?"
    or more formally, "What day is convenient (for you)?"
    Then once the day is agreed on I would need to fix a time: "Noon?, 2:30?".


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    Re: fix the time

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    If I want to have a meeting on a certain date, is OK to ask "What day do we fix the time for? Any other suggestions?


    ostap.
    I would say something like:
    "What day suits you?'
    "What day's best?"
    "Let's make a day"
    "Do you want to fix a date?"
    – or more formally, "What day is convenient (for you)?"
    Then once the day is agreed on I would need to fix a time: "Noon?, 2:30?".


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    Would this sound natural "Let's fix a time. Shall we?''?

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    Re: fix the time

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would this sound natural "Let's fix a time. Shall we?''?
    You could say, "Let's fix the time, shall we?" (We use a comma instead of a period, because there's no long pause there.)

    It's not very common though.

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    Re: fix the time

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    You could say, "Let's fix the time, shall we?" (We use a comma instead of a period, because there's no long pause there.)

    It's not very common though.
    Thanks. Why is it in BobK's post "Let's fix a time?"?

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    Re: fix the time

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Thanks. Why is it in BobK's post "Let's fix a time?"?
    Both sound OK to me. I would use "the", because it's "the time of our meeting" in my mind.

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    Re: fix the time

    On further reflection I would say that "Let's set a date" and "Let's make a time" are possibly the most common forms in my environment.
    I have certainly heard "Let's make a time, shall we?", but more frequently it would be the less formal "Let's make a time, OK?".

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