How do I say that since I am caught up in things and I cannot predict how they would go, I would have to be improvising on a given schedule and everyone else should go ahead without me? I could be a surprise element of support but cannot predict the extent of how much of it would be there.

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    You're really trying to pack all of that information into a single word? Commented Nov 29, 2022 at 7:20
  • No. Sorry for the misleading tag. I will remove it. I am new to the site and have a learning curve ahead. Regarding the question: I am looking for a professional way to say it. I am sure this is something that everyone must have tried to convey at some point. But, at the same time, I don't want to sound garrulous Commented Nov 29, 2022 at 7:25

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One might offer their provisional acceptance of a meeting invitation, which would countenance the probability of your schedule not actually allowing your attendance in point of fact.


serving for the time being : TEMPORARY

I am a bit stilted and overly formal in business settings, but I would probably word it something like this.

Thank you for the invitation. I would be very glad to attend, but unfortunately my schedule is a bit touch and go at present. So I will only be able to accept provisionally for the moment. I will try to inform you at the earliest opportunity if it becomes clear that I either will or will not be able to make it, but for now please do feel free to start without me. My apologies for the inconvenience.


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