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I am presenting two talks on two different dates, and I would like to describe the first one as the first of a two-series talk. Is two-series talk a word that can be used with this meaning? Googling it I found zero references. This question looks similar and I am thinking of changing to use a two-part series, but isn't it maybe a little too cumbersome?

  • Your suggestion sounds as if there are two series - but there are two talks in one series. – TrevorD May 3 '16 at 10:11
  • I was using two as an adjective, two-series, not two series, which I meant as a series with two events. But I do realise it is far from perfect and prone to confusion, that is why I posted the question. :) – user May 3 '16 at 10:17
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    I know what you meant - but even as a compound adjective, the "two" is still referring to "series" - NOT to "talk". You could have said a two-talk series - but NOT a two-series talk, which means that there are two series in one talk. – TrevorD May 3 '16 at 10:21
  • I was probably thinking of two-talk series, you are right, and came up with a meaningless hybrid. Thank you for the correction. – user May 3 '16 at 10:29
  • Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/90944/… – SAH Nov 2 '16 at 2:00
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I'd suggest, "the first of a pair of talks," would be much less cumbersome, and easily readable.

Series does have the implication that there are a few, i.e. 3 or more.

  • That does sound better. – user May 3 '16 at 8:53

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