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I'm writing a thank you email to thank a person for finding the time to meet with me. Which of the following two forms is correct, and why?

  • I wanted to thank you again for your availability to meet me.
  • I wanted to thank you again for your availability to meeting me.

Thanks for your help.

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    The second version just seems ungrammatical, but neither sound good to me. I'd go for something like "I wanted to thank you again for being available to meet me." Or maybe "...making yourself available..." – FumbleFingers Sep 12 '14 at 15:24
  • @FumbleFingers - I see, thanks for the insights. Is there a reason in particular why the don't sound good? – Matteo Sep 12 '14 at 15:32
  • The entire tone seems obsequious (which native Anglophones tend to avoid for fear of seeming insincere). But semantically, what you're trying to do is thank the person for the consideration he showed in making himself available. It just seems odd to single out the "intermediate" condition (his subsequent availability after showing that consideration). Personally, I'd get straight to the relevant "final" outcome, and say "Thank you for meeting me". – FumbleFingers Sep 12 '14 at 15:49
  • Saying "I wanted to XYZ" instead of "XYZ" is wishy-washy. (Of course, keep the "I wanted to" part if you mean that previously you wanted to thank them, but now you don't.) Also, “availability to meeting me” isn't standard English – James Waldby - jwpat7 Sep 12 '14 at 19:40
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Availability to meet, or availability for a meeting with me.

Though I'd go with your first choice: "Thanks for taking the time to meet with me". The other suggestions are, at best, excessively formal for most situations.

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When we say "I am committed to serving you" (to) is a proposition and the verb following proposition comes in ING form or we say "I am looking forward to seeing you",pay attention when we say (committed to) or (looking forward to ) "to" is attached to the verb as a proposition,this does not apply to availability.

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