Student or Learner
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 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?
Perhaps the person heard "on" and remembered it incorrectly as "in.'
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.
"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.
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.