General Writing and Grammar Help/due to


I am attempting to cancel a meeting but can't think of a way to type it professionally.

I typed:  Today's meeting is being canceled dut to low attendance and no pressing agenda topics.

=Due= is only when you are talking about library books.  If you're talking about cause, it's =because=.

Today's meeting is being cancelled because of low attendance and no pressing agenda topics.


You could re-cast the =no pressing agenda topics= part by saying:

Today's meeting is being cancelled because of low attendance and because there is no pressing agenda topics.


You need to do something about attendance.  You mean projected low attendance!

Today's meeting is being cancelled because of projected low attendance and no pressing agenda topics.


That said, I wouldn't mention projected attendance at all because it is implicit in that statement that you expect low attendance!  Instead, focus on lack of items needing immediate action.


Today's meeting is being cancelled because there are no pressing agenda topics needing immediate attention.


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