Does it sound better if I say:

... hope you have marked your calendars

instead of :

... hope you have blocked the date

for a certain event in the future for which they have already been notified ?

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    Possible duplicate of Use of "save this day" instead of "save the date" – user66974 Jan 13 '16 at 7:04
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    The first one sounds better. – user152418 Jan 13 '16 at 7:15
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    "I hope you've marked your calendars" sounds perfectly fine. The expression "save the date" (not "save the day," which means something else) came about exactly because there was no quick and easy way to tell others to keep a certain date available for a planned event. – Benjamin Harman Jan 13 '16 at 7:36
  • In British English we're definitely more likely to just say "hope you've put it in your calendars". – Araucaria - Not here any more. Jan 13 '16 at 9:29
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    @Araucaria Wouldn't we say hope you've noted it in your diary? Isn't it Americans who keep calendars rather than diaries? – WS2 Jan 13 '16 at 9:34

I definitely wouldn't ask anyone to block their calendars. Blocking should be more associated with pipes and toilets than about people's arrangements, in my view.

Besides I think it sounds officious to ask people to block something - it sort of assumes that you are obligating them to participate in whatever it is that is happening. Asking them to note something makes no such imperious assumption.

In Britain we would normally ask people to note it in their diary or make a note in their diary.

I don't think Americans keep diaries but calendars. To us, a calendar is something you hang on the wall. A diary can either be in old-tech notebook form, or something you keep on your mobile phone.


"I hope your calendars are blocked" is an alternative depending on the audience you are referring to.

Assuming - event is formal audience is higher management

"I hope you have marked your calendar for event. If not, please block your calendar as your presence is important"

Assuming - event is informal, team activity, et al. audience is peers "Please block your calendar for this event. Ignore this reminder, if already done"

Hope this helps.

NOTE: in the above suggestions, 'blocked' can be replaced with 'marked' :)

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    I don't like the use of block at all. Not only does it sound exceedingly officious, but blocked has more to do with pipes and sewers than it does with people's personal arrangements, in my view. Please note it in your diary sounds far more genteel. – WS2 Jan 13 '16 at 9:37

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