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    #1

    what's the verb please?

    The doctor says to his patient:

    John, don't be late tomorrow
    again. I'll __________ you exactly at 8 a.m..

    Hi,

    What's the verb that better goes with this sentence please? "Assist"? "See"? "Receive"?

    Thanks.
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    #2

    Re: what's the verb please?

    Hello JC,

    Of those three choices, I would opt for "see".

    I'm not sure the example is entirely likely to be heard, though!

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    #3

    Re: what's the verb please?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello JC,

    Of those three choices, I would opt for "see".

    I'm not sure the example is entirely likely to be heard, though!

    Best wishes,

    MrP
    Thanks.

    Situation 1: one has an urgent reason to see his doctor. How should they talk to the doctor's attendant, please? "Can Dr. Jones ___ me today afternoon, please?".

    Situation 2: someone comes to the dentist with a harrowing pain in the tooth. He begs for the dentist to help him and the dentist says "Don't worry, I'll ____ you in a minute".

    Thanks.
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    #4

    Re: what's the verb please?

    Hello JC,

    You could say to the Receptionist e.g.

    1. Could Dr Jones see me this afternoon, please?
    2. Would it be possible for Dr Jones to see me this afternoon?
    3. I'd like to make an appointment with Dr Jones for this afternoon, if that's possible.

    (For "the afternoon of today", you say "this afternoon".)

    Best wishes,

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    #5

    Re: what's the verb please?

    In your second example, if you had a sharp/agonising/shooting pain in your tooth, and begged the dentist to help you, he might say:

    1. Don't worry, I'll see you in a minute.

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    #6

    Re: what's the verb please?

    Quote Originally Posted by [LEFT
    MrPedantic[/left];410461]In your second example, if you had a sharp/agonising/shooting pain in your tooth, and begged the dentist to help you, he might say:

    1. Don't worry, I'll see you in a minute.

    Best wishes,

    MrP
    Thanks!

    does ''a harrowing pain'' sound unnatural, please?

    Thanks a lot!

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    #7

    Re: what's the verb please?

    Hello JC,

    It sounds a little dramatic. Usually, "harrowing" describes mental distress, rather than physical pain.

    Thus your account of your visit to the dentist might be "harrowing", from my point of view.

    All the best,

    MrP

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