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    #11

    Re: confirming presence in an event

    You can confirm you intention to attend, but you cannot confirm your attendance or presence until you are there.
    Does that mean you cannot confirm anything other than your 'intention' until you have done it?

    Example - you cannot confirm going to a party but you can only confirm your 'intention to go' to the party because you have not come to it yet?

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    #12

    Re: confirming presence in an event

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Does that mean you cannot confirm anything other than your 'intention' until you have done it?

    Example - you cannot confirm going to a party but you can only confirm your 'intention to go' to the party because you have not come to it yet?
    I think doesn't really matter the way you confirm (in bad English or good English), if you're confirming your attendance to something it's implied that you're going to be there unless some unforseen problem happens. No?

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    #13

    Re: confirming presence in an event

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Does that mean you cannot confirm anything other than your 'intention' until you have done it?

    Example - you cannot confirm going to a party but you can only confirm your 'intention to go' to the party because you have not come to it yet?
    Strictly speaking that is what you are confirming - your intention.
    It doesn't sound too bad with "attendance". You could confirm your attendance. And some seminars, etc. say "Please confirm your attendance a week prior to the event".
    But I wouldn't use it with "presence". "This is to confirm my presence at your party" doesn't work (for me).

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    #14

    Re: confirming presence in an event

    Quote Originally Posted by anreak View Post
    Thanks, it's an interesting point to take into consideration. But to me it sounds like you don't give much importance to the event. At least it's my impression as a student. Thanks Raymott .
    These questions of proper etiquette would vary between countries. Really, all you need to communicate is that you'll be there (or not). That's what your potential hosts want to know.
    How much importance do you think this conveys:
    "I got your invitation. I'll try to make it. Ciao".

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    #15

    Re: confirming presence in an event

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    How much importance do you think this conveys:
    "I got your invitation. I'll try to make it. Ciao".
    Almost the same of "Thank you for your invitation. I would be pleased to attend" .



    Don't want to overdiscuss this topic but maybe if you replace the would with will I would feel more confidence.

    Thank you again.

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