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    table a motion

    "Dr Clark tabled a motion for debate at next month's committee meeting."

    Does it mean 'he tabled a motion at next month's meeting' or 'debate at next meeting'?

    Thanks!


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    Re: table a motion

    He tabled a motion for discussion at the next meeting.

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    Re: table a motion

    Quote Originally Posted by lauraguan View Post
    "Dr Clark tabled a motion, for debate at next month's committee meeting."

    Does it mean 'he tabled a motion at next month's meeting' or 'debate at next meeting'?

    Thanks!
    Yes - it is confusing, isn't it? It sounds like he did something in the past (tabled a motion for debate) in the future (at next month's meeting).

    I'd put a comma after "motion" so that "for debate at next month's meeting" is clearly just there to tell us why he tabled the motion.


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    Re: table a motion

    I don't remember doing anything of the kind.

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    #5

    Re: table a motion

    Of course not. You were under the table....


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    Re: table a motion

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Of course not. You were under the table....
    This is an exaggeration. Perhaps I was having my afternoon nap. But sliding under the table?

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    #7

    Re: table a motion

    Yup. As I recall, that was the last motion you made.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Yup. As I recall, that was the last motion you made.
    My God, did anybody else notice it? What will the Dean say?

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    #9

    Re: table a motion

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    My God, did anybody else notice it? What will the Dean say?
    Ask him at the next committee meeting. Chances are, you'll still be there.


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    Re: table a motion

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Ask him at the next committee meeting. Chances are, you'll still be there.
    Charlie, what would you advise? He is already looking at me with an unfavourable eye. I don't want it to be the last straw.

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