1 Verb + meeting
Use the correct form of these verbs:
attend break up chair
drag on hold postpone
- The meeting tonight will be____________ in the school hall. I thought it was going to be in the community centre.
- Who is going to ____________ the meeting? Until we have an election for the committee, we need a volunteer.
- I was told that the meeting would close at 10 pm, but it didn’t ____________ until after midnight.
- I couldn’t ____________ the meeting due to my busy schedule, so I sent my apologies.
- Something urgent has come up. Could we ____________ our meeting till tomorrow or will we just have to cancel it? > Don’t worry. I’ll get my secretary to rearrange the meeting for next week.
- I was so bored at yesterday’s meeting. I fell asleep on more than one occasion. The meeting seemed to ____________ and on for hours.
2 Common adjective collocations
Complete the sentences below with the following:
chance first well-run public
emergency private staff important
- There will be a____________ meeting at the town hall tomorrow to discuss the controversial plans to build a supermarket on the school playing fields.
- A____________ meeting with a publisher on a train led to my career as a writer.
- The Prime Minister called an ____________ meeting of the Cabinet to discuss the crisis in Iraq.
- The two Presidents had a____________ meeting at the airport before they made a statement to the waiting press about the crisis.
- Missing my flight cost me dear! It meant I missed an extremely ____________ finance meeting.
- The headmaster announced his retirement at the last ____________ meeting of the academic year.
- I liked Jean right from our very ____________ meeting.
- Thanks to our excellent chairman, our meetings are very ____________ .
3 Organising meetings
Choose the correct verb in the following and use it in its correct form:
- Could you telephone me to____________ a meeting? (arrange / re-order)
- We need to talk to them about this. I’ll ____________ a meeting for next week, (mend / fix)
- I’ve ____________ a meeting with the director for Friday afternoon. Let me know if you can make it. (pencil in / pencil)
- I’ll try to____________ a meeting with the lawyer for Friday to get these documents signed. (set down / set up)
- A few unexpected problems have arisen, so they’ve ____________ an urgent meeting for this evening. (call / ring)
4 During a meeting
Complete the expressions in colour using the correct form of these verbs:
adjourn appoint call
excuse start leave
At 2pm the chairman ____________ the meeting to order. As several of us hadn’t met before, we____________ the meeting by introducing ourselves. Then John Wilson was ____________to take the minutes of the meeting. We then started to work our way through the agenda for the meeting. At 5.30, Angela Thomas____________ herself from the meeting and several others said that they had to____________ the meeting by six o’clock. As a result, the chairman decided to____________ the meeting until 10 the next morning.
1. A meeting place is a building or place where people meet regularly:
The café at the comer of Bread Street is a popular meeting place for young people.
2. Meeting also means a game or competition:
This will be the fifth meeting this season between the two clubs.
3. A ‘meeting of minds’ is when people have the same opinions or ideas:
At the peace conference there was a real meeting of minds between the two leaders – at last!
- held 2. chair 3. break up 4. attend 5. postpone 6. drag on
- public 2. chance 3. emergency 4. private 5. important 6. staff 7. first 8. well-run
- arrange 2. fix 3. pencilled in 4. set up 5. called
- called 2. started 3. appointed 4. excused 5. leave 6. adjourn
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