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At the Meeting

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The members of the committee concluded in the end that the topic under discussion should be postponed until further notice.

Correct entry:   concluded
The error was: (b) conduced

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By going ahead with the proposal without reference to other members of the board, the chairman got into serious trouble.

Correct entry:   going ahead
The error was: (a) taking ahead

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We decided that there were no other matters to discuss and for the first time in ages we decided to close the meeting and go home early.

Correct entries:   matters, issues, topics, problems, subjects
The error was: (b) substances

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The goal that the company had set itself of doubling production within 5 years has certainly not been reached.

Correct entries:   goal, target
The error was: (a) aiming

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It was a difficult topic to discuss but after lengthy discussions it was finally agreed that the whole business should be looked at by a much smaller group.

Correct entry:   lengthy
The error was: (b) lengthening

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The chairman insisted that the members were not getting their priorities right because they were spending far too much time on less significant matters.

Correct entry:   priorities
The error was: (c) priories

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The leader of the group has to produce a progress report at the end of each financial year so that shareholders know how successful the company has been.

Correct entry:   progress report
The error was: (b) progression report

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It would be a complete waste of time if we tried to debate that issue again because last time we reached no conclusion.

Correct entry:   waste
The error was: (b) wastage

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If you want something to be brought up at the next meeting, you must give sufficient notice to the clerk to the corporation.

Correct entry:   brought up
The error was: (a) brought over

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We don't have a regular timetable, we simply meet periodically if and when there appear to be enough items to justify drawing up an agenda.

Correct entry:   periodically
The error was: (b) periodic

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