Collocations about Meetings
Hi English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at some commonly used collocations related to meetings you should know.
Here is the list:
- Arrange/set up/fix a meeting
- Bring forward a meeting
- Call off/postpone a meeting
- Run/chair a meeting
- Attend a meeting
- Miss a meeting
- Participate/take part in a meeting
- Annual/monthly/weekly/biweekly meeting
- Face-to-face/one-to-one meeting
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Arrange/set up/fix a meeting
Meaning: to organize a meeting.
- Could we arrange a meeting with Mr Smith for Thursday morning, please?
- Let’s set up a meeting with the web designer and ask for his opinion.
- My secretary will call you to fix a meeting.
Bring forward a meeting
Meaning: to organize a meeting earlier than it was planned.
- They brought forward the meeting from Friday to Wednesday.
- The meeting was brought forward so that everyone can attend.
Call off/postpone a meeting
Meaning: to cancel a meeting, to reschedule it for later.
- The meeting was called off at the last minute.
- Due to an illness, the meeting will be postponed to a later date.
Run/chair a meeting
Meaning: to lead a meeting, to be in charge of the meeting.
- The president of the union will run the meeting.
- Do you find it difficult to chair an online meeting?
Attend a meeting
Meaning: to go to a meeting, to be present at a meeting.
- Did you attend the meeting yesterday? What was it about?
- Many people have travelled a long way to attend the meeting.
A person who attends a meeting is called an attendee.
- We are expecting to have around 200 attendees at the meeting.
Miss a meeting
Meaning: to not go to a meeting.
- You’d better hurry up. We don’t want to miss the meeting.
- I’m sure you don’t have a good excuse for missing a meeting.
Participate/take part in a meeting
Meaning: to be involved in a meeting discussion. Participate and take part have the same meaning but participate is more formal.
- All the attendees were encouraged to participate in the meeting by discussing the subject.
- All women were asked to take part in the meeting discussion.
Meaning: use the words to say how often the meetings take place.
- All employees were invited to attend the annual meeting.
- I’m giving a presentation at the monthly meeting in Stockholm next Wednesday.
Meaning: a face-to-face meeting happens when attendees are physically present and an online meeting takes place via the Internet.
- Face-to-face meetings are effective because they provide better communication.
- One of the advantages of online meetings is time-saving.
In a/the meeting vs at a/the meeting
When you are referring to a meeting as an activity, use in a/the meeting. However, if you mean a location, use at a/the meeting.
- We discussed many important topics in the meeting yesterday.
- I couldn’t call you yesterday because I was at a meeting.
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