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Maria May
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 5:08:56 AM
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"I was planning on visiting you during your office hours next week but there was no list to sign up on outside your door. Could I get an appointment or should I just come by during your office hours on Thursday (without an appointment)?"

More specifically, I would like to know...

1. Are "planning on visiting" and "planning to visit" interchangeable in the first sentence?

2. Would you use the verb "to visit" when it comes to seeing someone during their office hours?

3. Would you use "could" or "can" in the second sentence?

4. Are the sentences generally correct (and make sense)?
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 5:19:30 AM

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Hello Maria.
Welcome to the forum.

Your sentences sound OK to me.

1. Sometimes "planning to . . ." and "planning on . . ." may have slightly different meanings - slightly different emphasis, I suppose. However, in this case I can see no real difference.

2. "Visit" sounds fine - you could just use 'see', or possibly there's a more common word used in offices. I don't know.

3. I would use 'could'.
It seems to be a 'disguised' conditional. "If I were to ask for an appointment, could I get one?"
In my 'idiom' (my way of speaking), "Can I get an appointment" is asking for a time - it is a request for an appointment and doesn't really fit well with the next bit ("or should I just come by . . .?"

4. To me, it sounds fine. It is not extremely formal - but now too casual, either.

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