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    "We undrestand/understood" in meeting minutes

    The following is a part of meeting minutes. This part describes the actual discussion that occurred in the meeting.
    Mr.A is the director of a department. Mr.B is attending the meeting as the representative of a section of the department. Some other members of the section are also attending the meeting.

    Mr.A: It should be (XXX) because (YYYYY).
    Mr.B: We understand/understood.
    Mr.A: Next, let's discuss the...(omitted).

    Mr. A explained something and Mr.B got it.
    Should it be “We understand” or “We understood”?
    What I want to describe is a plural (we) and formal version of “I see”.

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    Re: "We undrestand/understood" in meeting minutes

    The minutes of a meeting don't normally include direct speech. The minutes would say something like "Mr A explained XXX and Mr B confirmed that he understood".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "We undrestand/understood" in meeting minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The minutes of a meeting don't normally include direct speech. The minutes would say something like "Mr A explained XXX and Mr B confirmed that he understood".
    Some of Japanese meeting minutes do include direct speech, so I hope someone would answer my question.

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    Re: "We undrestand/understood" in meeting minutes

    If it is direct speech, then you should write whatever they said.

    I would say "I understand" in such a situation.

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    Re: "We undrestand/understood" in meeting minutes

    Direct speech must be reported exactly. Local style will dictate whether you include things like "um" or "er" or unnecessarily repeated words. However, the actual words used must be reported in the minutes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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