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    prepared or planning

    To provide the students with some knowledge of Amercan films, our club is ______ to hold an American Film Festival next week. As chairman of the club, I'm writing to invite you to come and give us a talk on the history of American films.

    "planning" is a suitable answer.

    But can I fill in "prepared" to express a way of planning?

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    Jason

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    Re: prepared or planning

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    But can I fill in "prepared" to express a way of planning?

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    I'd say no. "Prepared" means "to be willing to do something", see definition #1. The club intends to hold a festival. "Planning" can be used to express an intention, see definition #2.
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    Re: prepared or planning

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    To provide the students with some knowledge of Amercan films, our club is ______ to hold an American Film Festival next week. As chairman of the club, I'm writing to invite you to come and give us a talk on the history of American films.

    "planning" is a suitable answer.

    But can I fill in "prepared" to express a way of planning?

    Thanks

    Jason
    To be prepared is to be able to execute an action immediately. It is one thing to say that you are planning to jump out of an airplane and quite another to be prepared to jump. To plan to jump indicates that you are still considering the various steps of jumping (hire an airplane, rent a parachute, complete last will and testament). To be prepared to jump indicates that you have completed all of the necessary steps needed to jump and are standing at the open door of the airplane gazing at the ground 8,000 feet below.

    As to your question of substituting words in your letter, you are not prepared since you are still trying to get a speaker to come to the event. When you are truly prepared, all that should be needed is for someone to open the door and welcome the attendees.

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    Re: prepared or planning

    You could use "preparing" though.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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