I am looking to say that two people did not confer during the undertaking of a particular task, but my sentence structure requires a noun... "The two people undertook the task simultaneously without .....".

Conferring, conferral, confirment?

A google search did not lead me to 100% confidence of an answer on this one.


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    There's the word conference, which is certainly a noun form of confer, but it doesn't quite fit your sentence. Feb 5, 2023 at 21:06
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    Onelook says that none of its dictionaries has an entry for "confirment". Why do you think that that may be a word? Feb 5, 2023 at 22:07
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    Why wouldn't you just say without conferring?
    – tchrist
    Feb 5, 2023 at 22:32

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Since you insist on a noun you could use consultation:

the act of exchanging information and opinions about something in order to reach a better understanding of it or to make a decision, or a meeting for this purpose:

  • [ U ] We hope to work in consultation with Congress on how the law should be interpreted. (Cambridge)

However, a more idiomatic way of expressing this would be to use a gerund after without in your sentence:

The two people undertook the task simultaneously without consulting each other.

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    Could use a further sense of agreeing, which conferring provides. Feb 5, 2023 at 21:26

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