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    #1

    at/on/for/this date

    Dear teachers,

    1. "Could you please confirm that you are available at this date?"
    2. "Could you please confirm that you are available on this date?"
    3. "Could you please confirm that you are available for this date?"
    4. "Could you please confirm that you are available this date?"

    Context: I have proposed a date to hold a meeting.

    I would say that proposals 2 and 4 are OK
    I think the first sentence is not correct
    I have some doubts about the third one. I would rather use it with "event" instead of "date"...

    Am I correct?

    Thank you

    Guillaume

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    #2

    Re: at/on/for/this date

    I think only #2 is okay, but I agree "for this event" would fine.
    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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    #3

    Re: at/on/for/this date

    I can't make up my mind about #3. I think it's possible; it certainly doesn't sound grossly unnatural to me.

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    #4

    Re: at/on/for/this date

    Quote Originally Posted by paysage57 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    1. "Could you please confirm that you are available at this date?"
    2. "Could you please confirm that you are available on this date?"
    3. "Could you please confirm that you are available for this date?"
    4. "Could you please confirm that you are available this date?"

    Context: I have proposed a date to hold a meeting.

    I would say that proposals 2 and 4 are OK
    I think the first sentence is not correct
    I have some doubts about the third one. I would rather use it with "event" instead of "date"...

    Am I correct?

    Thank you

    Guillaume
    #2 would be preferable, but #4 is OK too and used in that manner in business correspondence, particularly if the date has been identified, preferably, immediately before the question.

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    #5

    Re: at/on/for/this date

    Quote Originally Posted by paysage57 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    1. "Could you please confirm that you are available at this date?"
    2. "Could you please confirm that you are available on this date?"
    3. "Could you please confirm that you are available for this date?"
    4. "Could you please confirm that you are available this date?"

    Context: I have proposed a date to hold a meeting.

    I would say that proposals 2 and 4 are OK
    I think the first sentence is not correct
    I have some doubts about the third one. I would rather use it with "event" instead of "date"...

    Am I correct?

    Thank you

    Guillaume
    #1 - No
    #2 - Yes
    #3 - I have the same reservations as the other responders but it sounds OK and would be understood.
    #4 - No. Without a preposition, I would only use "Please confirm that you are available that day". (BrE)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Jul-2012 at 08:24. Reason: Added (BrE)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: at/on/for/this date

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    #1 - No
    #2 - Yes
    #3 - I have the same reservations as the other responders but it sounds OK and would be understood.
    #4 - No. Without a preposition, I would only use "Please confirm that you are available that day".
    I understand your comment on #4, but I should have mentioned the qualification, AmE, as in "We will advise our Board of Directors that you will attend our annual meeting July 9. Could you please confirm that you are available this date?". Not unusual, but as mentiioned in my previous post, the statement, as such, should be in close proximity to the date mentioned prior.

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