It it appropriate to use the word submittal as follows?

The report is ready for submittal.

Or, is it better to just say:

The report is ready to be submitted.

  • Or - more commonly used in the UK, than submittal - the report is ready for submission. Any of the three are fine.
    – WS2
    Oct 14, 2015 at 22:16
  • In my opinion, ready to be submitted is a better choice. When you add "for..." I think "for" should only be followed by certain kinds of words. Oct 15, 2015 at 0:05
  • Certainly, "to be submitted" is more common. But "submittal" is used in certain business contexts, so use whatever is the usual terminology where you are.
    – GEdgar
    Oct 15, 2015 at 21:56

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You could say, "The report is ready for submission."


"Submittal" is legitimate; although in dictionaries I just find it listed as a noun form related to "submit" (which it is), BusinessDictionary.com has several examples of "submittal" used in sentences.

Obviously the second version is also OK.

So grammatically, you're good either way. I prefer the second one, because "submittal" is an unusual word. "Keep it simple," as they say.

  • I agree. I know we can all argue about the first option but no one will argue the second. Oct 15, 2015 at 0:07

Both submittal and submission (and submitted) refer to the act of putting something forward for consideration; so, both of your sentences are correct.

However, submission also (and less commonly) refers to the item that is being tendered, in which case:

  • One may prepare his application for submittal.
  • But one's application itself is called the submission.

Per Oxford Dictionary...

Submittal: the action or an act of submitting something or to something.

Submission: a document presented for consideration or judgement.

  • @sumelic, it's apparent that my answer was flawed (thanks for pointing that out in such detail). I've made the corresponding changes, per your (implied) suggestions.
    – Ben
    Oct 14, 2015 at 21:12
  • But the act of submitting is also submission (as well as submittal)
    – WS2
    Oct 14, 2015 at 23:02
  • I mention that in my answer: "Both submittal and submission (and submitted) refer to the act of putting something forward for consideration"
    – Ben
    Oct 14, 2015 at 23:09

The report is ready to submit.

Simple and direct.

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