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I am writing a business email and want to schedule a call with the recipient.

Which of the following is correct, if any:

  1. Can we schedule the call to 9 AM?
  2. Can we do the call at 9 AM?
  3. Can we have the call at 9 AM?

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All three of the options you list are quite acceptable.

Only adjustment I would probably make is to #1, which I'd phrase as "Can we schedule the call for 9 AM?" instead. ("schedule... to" isn't particularly common English, it would be "schedule... at" or "schedule... for".)

#2 is a bit more colloquial than the other two; depending on the context that may either be a point to recommend for or against it. (I know you said "business", but that could mean anything from a colleague you work with often to a new client you've never met. #2 would be more suited to the former than the latter, generally.)

  • I'm not a fan of #3. It may not be grammatically incorrect, but I think the expression "have the call" is not quite idiomatic. – J.R. Jan 28 '18 at 10:14
  • @J.R. Huh, really? Compare "have the meeting", which is extremely common English phrasing. I don't think I really "hear" anything particularly wrong with "have the call", myself. – FeRD Jan 28 '18 at 10:21
  • [shrugs] "Have the meeting" is fine, of course. For some reason, "have the call" seems a little off to me; I'd be inclined to use a different verb, I think: make the call, do the call – or even use call as the verb: Why don't you call me at 9? (I just like Nos. 1 and 2 a little more than 3, that's all.) – J.R. Jan 28 '18 at 11:06
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    I disagree. I've never heard anyone use 'to' when scheduling something as in #1. It sounds flat wrong to me. 'Do the call' is slang, as far as I'm concerned, albeit very common. Using 'do' when there's another more precise verb just seems lazy. I would use 'schedule the call' as suggested in the question's title, especially for a business letter. I also don't see anything wrong with 'have the call'. I would recommend 'Schedule the call at' over all the others. – dwilli May 1 '18 at 15:44
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    @FeRD yes, you're right, it's probably mostly your first statement that caught my attention. Plus the fact that I've never heard a native speaker say 'schedule to'. Anyway, thanks for asking. I'd rather discuss it than start downvoting somebody else. – dwilli May 2 '18 at 15:12

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