English Lesson: Appointment, Meeting, Reservation, Plans

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I have a pretty busy schedule this week. I have a dentist appointment on Thursday morning, and then plans with my sister for dinner. She made a reservation for 6:00pm at our favorite Italian restaurant, Montes, which is in the West Village. Then on Friday I have a meeting with a publishing company in the morning. I have a few lesson appointments in the afternoon and then plans with my friends to meet in Times Square for an after-New Year party.

The words appointment, meeting, reservation, plans are similar in English but the way we use them is different. Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson:

We use appointment when we meet with a professional, like a doctor, lawyer, a tutor, a personal trainer, etc. You can make or have an appointment:

  • I have a dentist appointment on Thursday morning.
  • Jenny made an appointment with her trainer at 4:00.
  • I have six appointments in my schedule on Monday.

We use meeting in business, when people get together in business situation. You can hold or have a meeting:

  • On Friday I have a meeting with a publishing company.
  • The board of directors will hold a meeting on February 1st.
  • I had a meeting scheduled for today but it got cancelled.

We use reservation for travel and leisure situations, like hotels, restaurants, and airlines. You can make or have a reservation:

  • She made a reservation for 6:00pm at our favorite Italian restaurant.
  • Cathy has reservations at a really nice hotel in Vegas.
  • I need to call the airline to see if I can make a reservation to fly to Miami this weekend.

We use plans when we talk about arrangements we have with friends or family, and we usually use the word plans in the plural form. You can make or have plans:

  • I have plans with my sister for dinner.
  • On Friday I have plans with my friends to meet in Times Square for an after-New Year party.
  • Do you have any plans this weekend?

Well, I hope your schedule is not too busy and filled with fun plans! Thanks for studying today!

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