A / The preliminary conclusion

John Allison

Senior Member
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Hi all,

I'm writing an e-mail to a colleague in which I want to state that I discussed the question that he had asked me with an appropriate person.

Hi Dave,

I discussed the issue with Mr X. The preliminary conclusion is that ...

Is the definite article before the 'conclusion' used correctly?

Thanks.
 
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  • bennymix

    Senior Member
    It's OK, if a little vague. If it's Mr X's conclusion, better is, "His preliminary conclusion is that..."

    If it's committee Y, which reports to Mr X, then one would better say, "The conclusion of committee Y (as told to me by Mr X, to whom they report) is that...."
     

    John Allison

    Senior Member
    Russian
    Thanks, bennymix!

    The conclusion is actually my and Mr X's - we discussed the issue and came to the conclusion which is however preliminary because we'd first need to look into relevant documents.
     
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