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    #1

    instead of ?

    Teacher, is this sentence all right?

    Instead of setting up a meeting, would it be all right for me to set up a telephone conference since our client lives in the New Territories. She probably would not want to come all the way to Hong Kong for a short meeting.

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    #2

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    Sounds allright, although it can still be improved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul.moss View Post
    Sounds allright, although it can still be improved.
    It would be helpful if you suggested how. 'All right' is written as two words.

    Your first sentence needs a comma after conference, thomas, and it should end with a question mark. Apart from those small points, both sentences are fine.
    Last edited by 5jj; 25-May-2012 at 16:39. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It would be helpful if you suggested how. 'All right' is written as two words.

    Your first sentence needS a comma after conference, T homas, and it should end with a question mark. Apart from those small points, both sentences are fine.
    The two sentences could be combined into one:
    Since our client lives in the New Territories and would probably not want to come all the way to Honk Kong for a short meeeting, would it be possible for me to set up a telephone conference instead?

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    #5

    Re: instead of ?

    Quote Originally Posted by paul.moss View Post
    The two sentences could be combined into one:
    Since our client lives in the New Territories and would probably not want to come all the way to Honkg Kong for a short meeeting, would it be possible for me to set up a telephone conference instead?
    Glass houses and stone-throwing spring to mind. (I must admit to a feeling of regret that in some circles longer sentences are regarded as intrinsically better than short ones. "Jesus wept" has a certain power.)

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    [QUOTE=paul.moss;885684]
    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Your first sentence needS a comma after conference, T homas, and it should end with a question mark.
    The first of those was a typo. Thank you. I have now corrected it in the original. The second was not. This username begins with a lower-case t.

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    Am I the only person that thinks a "conference call" is more commonly used than a "telephone conference"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Am I the only person that thinks a "conference call" is more commonly used than a "telephone conference"?
    No, you're not.

    To my ear, it's 'conference call' but - inconsistently - 'video conference' [note, that's the old-fashioned closed-circuit TV sort - I've never haeard or made reference to one of the software-mediated conference, apart from online seminars called 'webinars' - but those, while involving some interaction, couldn't be called video conferences]. When I was on the red carpet at the ELTons last Wednesday (more of a red rug really ) it was 'live-streamed'.

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    Last edited by BobK; 27-May-2012 at 13:43. Reason: fix typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    When I was on the red carpet at the ELTons last Wednesday (more of a red rug really ) it was 'live-streamed'.
    Congratulations, Bob.



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