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I would like to write an informal email:

Sorry for not throwing a farewell party

Is throwing the right word here?

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    15. To arrange or give (a party, for example). thefreedictionary.com/throw However, see usage note in Barrie England's answer. – Kris Dec 1 '13 at 8:10
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We can certainly speak of throwing a party, but we normally do so when there is actually to be a party. It strikes rather the wrong note when you’re apologising for there not having been one. It would be better to use a more neutral term, and write something like ‘I’m sorry I didn’t give a farewell party, but . . .’ and then give whatever excuse you’ve got.

  • Now I gave you an upvote, I like your contributions here, unfortunately your site here has one user that runs around downvoting people (>2000 downvotes) it just makes people feel like not bothering. – user163849 Dec 1 '13 at 9:24
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    It isn't my site, and I don't myself downvote. Vexatious downvoters should be dealt with by the admins. – Barrie England Dec 1 '13 at 9:31
  • I know you don't downvote, I was meaning your site, as in being a regular user here, I feel ownerships on some of the Stack Exchange sites. It was just my last two posts were downvoted and commented on and when I looked at the user, a high rep user, they have over made over 2000 downvotes. I just don't understand people like this, is all, just a passing comment, and they don't make people feel comfortable or welcome to come back – user163849 Dec 1 '13 at 9:42
  • I thought downvotes were anonymous. – Barrie England Dec 1 '13 at 9:55
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    Anyway I like your answers here, you have a lot of knowledge, must be the surname :) – user163849 Dec 1 '13 at 10:13

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