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    Question What does " the board meeting is in" mean?

    The fuller context or scenario is that an senior assistant or something of a company is talking to the new director of finance who,on his fist day working in the company, just met the president of the company .The complete sentence said by the assistant goes as follow:
    "Is there anything you’d like to ask him directly feel free, the board meeting is in ."
    So what does "in" mean here.Any help will be much appreciated.

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    Re: What does " the board meeting is in" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by on the way View Post
    The fuller context or scenario is that an senior assistant or something of a company is talking to the new director of finance who,on his fist day working in the company, just met the president of the company .The complete sentence said by the assistant goes as follow:
    "Is there anything you’d like to ask him directly feel free, the board meeting is in ."
    So what does "in" mean here.Any help will be much appreciated.
    The sentence doesn't make a great deal of sense I'm afraid.

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    Re: What does " the board meeting is in" mean?

    The whole sentence is ungrammatical. Who wrote it? Where did you find it?

    Are you sure you didn't miss out something like 15 minutes or the conference room at the end?


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    Re: What does " the board meeting is in" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The whole sentence is ungrammatical. Who wrote it? Where did you find it?

    Are you sure you didn't miss out something like 15 minutes or the conference room at the end?


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    sorry,I can't find anything after" in " in that sentence.It's just that.By the way it's from the BBC documentary" Maxwell".The time is about 07:18 when this line occur in the film.

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    Re: What does " the board meeting is in" mean?

    Perhaps the person heard "on" and remembered it incorrectly as "in.'

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    Re: What does " the board meeting is in" mean?

    Or "All the work that needed to be done before the board meeting has been complete. It's "in the can" (film speak - all is in readiness) so he's free now to talk about other thigns."

    Just a guess. It's very hard to know.
    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.

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    Re: What does " the board meeting is in" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by on the way View Post
    The fuller context or scenario is that an senior assistant or something of a company is talking to the new director of finance who,on his fist day working in the company, just met the president of the company .The complete sentence said by the assistant goes as follow:
    "Is there anything you’d like to ask him directly feel free, the board meeting is in ."
    So what does "in" mean here.Any help will be much appreciated.
    I tracked down the documentary online and watched it. Now I understand! The man who says that line says:

    "The board meeting is in ..." then he pauses and looks at his watch. The look on his face makes it clear that the board meeting is RIGHT NOW! He does not need to finish the sentence with "in five minutes/ten minutes" etc because it's due to start now, so the two get up and leave the room.

    It's basically an unfinished sentence, but it would have been followed by a number of minutes had he finished it.

    If anyone else would like to watch it, click HERE and go to about 6:50 and keep watching.

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    Re: What does " the board meeting is in" mean?

    Well, if it was a question of hosting a regular board meeting involving people not normally present, such as at a hotel conference room, it is conceivable an employee might say the "board is in" or even "the board meeting is in," but it's not a very clear utterance.

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    Re: What does " the board meeting is in" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Well, if it was a question of hosting a regular board meeting involving people not normally present, such as at a hotel conference room, it is conceivable an employee might say the "board is in" or even "the board meeting is in," but it's not a very clear utterance.
    It's very clear what he meant on the video though.

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