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    Usage of gather/gathering

    I'm bothered by the use of "gathering" in the following sentence:

    "The initiative was originated at a regional-level meeting in Phuket in July last year, gathering telecom regulators from the 10 Asean countries."

    (Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...king-plan-axed)

    If it were up to me I would rewrite the sentence as follows:


    • The initiative was brought up at a gathering of telecom regulators from the 10 Asean countries.
    • Telecom regulators from the 10 Asean countries gathered in Phuket last year to hammer out the proposal.

    or getting rid of "gather" altogether:


    • The initiative was originated at a regional-level meeting in Phuket attended by telecom regulators from the 10 Asean countries.

    I can't explain why, but the use of "gathering" in the original sentence doesn't seem right. Am I wrong?

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    Re: Usage of gather/gathering

    Quote Originally Posted by Chavalit View Post
    The initiative was originated at a regional-level meeting in Phuket attended by telecom regulators from the 10 Asean countries.

    That's the only one that works; the other two you suggested mean something else. I agree with you that the original was not phrased very well.

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