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    to attend?

    Teacher, is this sentence OK? Is there another word to replace 'attend'?

    I am going to set up a telephone conference for Mr. Lau to speak with our Shanghai representative. Would you like to attend this telephone conference?

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    Re: to attend?

    Your sentence is correct, and given its rather formal business tone, I can't think of a better word than your example 'attend'. It sounds more appropriate than the alternatives I could think of.


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    Re: to attend?

    To attend a conference means to physically be there.

    For a telephone conference you could say 'Would you like to take part in this telephone conference?' or '...be included in...?'

    Rover

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    Re: to attend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    To attend a conference means to physically be there.

    For a telephone conference you could say 'Would you like to take part in this telephone conference?' or '...be included in...?'

    Rover
    The tricky part of answering questions sometimes is the intonation we use when we read example sentences, or how we picture the situation in our heads. Here, I pictured in my head that Mr. Lau, the speaker and the person being asked were all in a room at a table, with the Shanghai representative being on speaker phone. For this reason I was thinking 'attend' was appropriate, because those three were in attendance in the room where the phone was set up.
    Somehow it had not at all occurred to me that that's not the only way to have a phone conference


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    Re: to attend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    To attend a conference means to physically be there.

    For a telephone conference you could say 'Would you like to take part in this telephone conference?' or '...be included in...?'

    Rover
    Or "participate in."

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