which one is correct?

"I am not in a position to attend the meeting." OR "I am not in a state to attend the meeting."

asked Jun 19 '13 at 17:06 Scarlet Darwin Contributor

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Both of your examples as well as Sanjay's correction are correct, but they all have slightly different meetings. Sanjay's simply means that I am not able to attend, for whatever reason. To say that I "am not in a position to" implies that I do not have permission or some other obstacle is keeping me from attending, even though I could probably attend if I tried. To say that I "am not in a state to" implies that my physical or mental condition appropriate to attend, perhaps because I am panicking or drunk or something. Sanjay's is the simplest and most direct, and the examples you give imply a reason for not being able to attend.

link comment answered Jun 19 '13 at 22:37 Matt Contributor

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