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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Collocations about meetings
Collocations about meetings

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.
Collocations about meetings
Collocations about meetings

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.

Annual/monthly/weelly/biweekly meeting

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.

Face-to-face/online meeting

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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Collocations about meetings
Collocations about meetings

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Shyam Shriram Jane · 15 Apr 2023 at 1:59 pm

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