I received an email with this sentence:

  • He gives a talk and then I and anyone else interested can discuss with him afterward.

In response to that sentence, can I write this next sentence or not? How is the best way of responding to it?

  • I would also like to talk to him after his talk, please.
  • Avoid saying “the below X” because this can sound stilted and even borderline unnatural to native speakers. Instead say “the following X” in especially formal written contexts, or merely this X” in the singular or these Xes” in the plural in many common and less exacting circumstances. Sometimes English-language learners don’t realize that they should use the demonstrative determiners this, that, these, those which native speakers customarily use for these cases. – tchrist Jan 25 at 17:22
  • "The below example" or more likely "the example below" does not sound especially stilted in Britain. Though in this case I agree that "the following sentence" would have been better. It really depends where the sentence/example appears. If it sits at the bottom of the page "the example below" is what I would use. – WS2 Feb 24 at 20:22

I think it might be better to say, "I would like to speak with him after his talk." That way you avoid using the word "talk" twice in the same sentence.

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    Or 'join in the discussion'. – Kate Bunting Oct 23 '19 at 8:05
  • I would also like to join the discussion. Is it? @KateBunting – Marco Oct 23 '19 at 10:09
  • @Marco Yes, that would be OK. – Kate Bunting Oct 23 '19 at 12:35
  • @KateBunting Yes. And the sentence he received is itself not free from problems. "Discuss" is usually a transitive verb. Someone will potentially disagree with me here. And I haven't checked the OED. But personally I like to "discuss something". For me it has to have a direct object, as well as the ablative. "Please discuss with Charlie" unless it is understood what is to be discussed is, in my view inept. Yes, as I thought the OED does recognise an intransitive use which has been on the scene since the 16th century. But I don't especially like it. – WS2 Feb 24 at 20:28

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