Afoot or Underway

HappyTidings

Member
Urdu
Hi All,

I would like to have an opinion from the august forum members that which one is the appropriate sentence out of two options given below:

1)The construction of Sandoz Industries' building has been completed and shifting is in afoot. Another milestone in the history of Sandoz Industries has been achieved.

2)The construction of Sandoz Industries' building has been completed and shifting is underway. Another milestone in the history of Sandoz Industries has been achieved.

Regards,

Happy Tidings.
 
  • cuchuflete

    Senior Member
    EEUU-inglés
    Greetings HappyTidings,

    I have some unhappy tidings for you. The first sentence in 1) makes absolutely no sense to me. The first sentence in 2) may make sense, but that depends on what you mean by "shifting".

    Have you looked up afoot in a dictionary? I have not come across "in afoot" ever before.
     

    sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Hello.

    You can say "in progress" but you can never say "in afoot". I suggest:

    "The construction of Sandoz Industries' new building is now complete and the transfer of operations from the old building is under way. This is another milestone in the history of Sandoz Industries."
     
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