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    the advance program

    We enclose a copy of the advance program. If you can come, please let use know as soon as possible, since we have to prepare the final program soon.
    In the sentence above, what does "the advance program" mean? Does it mean "the planned program"?
    Can I replace "prepare the final program" with "finalize the program"? Which is better?

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    #2

    Re: the advance program

    Yes, it is the program as planned right now, subject to change before becoming "final."

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    Re: the advance program

    Yes, you could say:
    We enclose a copy of the advance program. If you can come, please let use know as soon as possible because we would like to finalize the program soon.
    Neither version is "better". They're both fine.
    John

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    Re: the advance program

    I would avoid using "finalize." President Eisenhower (1953-1961) was derided for his frequent use of the word. I still feel that it's not very elegant. Finalize - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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    #5

    Re: the advance program

    I'd call it the provisional programme.

    Rover

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    Re: the advance program

    Eisenhower, unlike the English language, died 50 years ago.
    "Finalize" has become so embedded in everyday use that I doubt the General would be criticized today. I agree with you that it's not a very elegant word; many people say that words containing a "z" aren't.
    I am amazed by the number of terms, all but banned 50 years ago, that have become acceptable for use in broadcast or polite conversation. I'm not shocked, just captivated by the process. Why (and how) do certain words enter into the circle of acceptability while others remain outside?

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    Re: the advance program

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I'd call it the provisional programme.

    Rover
    Thanks!

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    Re: the advance program

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    Eisenhower, unlike the English language, died 50 years ago.
    "Finalize" has become so embedded in everyday use that I doubt the General would be criticized today. I agree with you that it's not a very elegant word; many people say that words containing a "z" aren't.
    I am amazed by the number of terms, all but banned 50 years ago, that have become acceptable for use in broadcast or polite conversation. I'm not shocked, just captivated by the process. Why (and how) do certain words enter into the circle of acceptability while others remain outside?
    It is very difficutl for me to reach the goal, that is, realize the elegancy of a word.

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