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    #1

    You have to meet her every other day?

    You have to meet her every other day?

    What does every other mean?

    Can I say
    "You have to meet her every other day?"
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    "You have to meet her other day?"

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    #2

    Re: You have to meet her every other day?

    "Every other" means "every second" or "every alternate". For example, you have to meet her on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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    Re: You have to meet her every other day?

    "Meet with her." When you "meet" someone, it is only the first time. This is Bob, this is Sue, pleased to meet you, etc.

    When you "meet with" someone, you have an appointment, some planned time to get together.

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    Re: You have to meet her every other day?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Meet with her." When you "meet" someone, it is only the first time. This is Bob, this is Sue, pleased to meet you, etc.

    When you "meet with" someone, you have an appointment, some planned time to get together.
    That is something of an Americanism. In much of the English-speaking world you meet someone every time you encounter him or her. I wanted to say encounter them, but just could bring myself to do it.
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    Re: You have to meet her every other day?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    That is something of an Americanism. In much of the English-speaking world you meet someone every time you encounter him or her. I wanted to say encounter them, but just could bring myself to do it.
    Surely you meant that you couldn't bring yourself to do it.

    I agree with the rest. I see "to meet with" as particularly used in AmE. As a BrE speaker, I would say "I'm going to meet my sister once a week from now on. I don't see enough of her". I might use "I'm going to meet up with my sister ..." for the same meaning. I wouldn't use "I'm going to meet with my sister ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: You have to meet her every other day?

    In AmE, we would say something like "I'll meet you at the airport" for someone whom we have "met" before.

    But if I have a weekly appointment with Bob, then I "meet with him" once a week. Not "meet him."

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    Re: You have to meet her every other day?

    It would be OK to use meet with in BrE, but most people wouldn't.

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    Re: You have to meet her every other day?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post

    But if I have a weekly appointment with Bob, then I "meet with him" once a week. Not "meet him."
    For actual appointments, such as with a solicitor or a bank manager, I would also use "meet with" but it sounds too business-like and formal to use when meeting your sister for a cup of tea, a piece of cake and a good old gossip.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: You have to meet her every other day?

    "I'll meet my sister for tea later" sounds OK to me. "I meet my sister for tea every Tuesday" sounds OK, too. But a bare "I meet my sister every Tuesday" sounds odd to me.

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    Re: You have to meet her every other day?

    Chalk it up as another difference.

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