An update for the given time slots.

Is it grammatically correct? Is "update" correctly used here? Actually, I want to tell someone that there is a change in the document. So, can I say the above written statement?

Should it be like this?

An update for/in/of the given time slots.

Which one is correct out of the 3 options given?

  • A question like your first one is easily answerable by a dictionary. In the future, when asking about the meaning of a word, please at least include a definition or two from an online dictionary, to demonstrate that you've done a little prior research, and to explain why you are still a little confused even after looking the word up.
    – J.R.
    Jan 22, 2014 at 10:15

2 Answers 2


I'd usually say -

An update on the given time slots.

Update works as a noun here and means an act of updating something or someone or an updated version of something.

As an example given there -

An update on recently published crime figures.

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    I would probably use to instead of on: An update to the given time slots, but this is one of those cases where more than one preposition could be used.
    – J.R.
    Jan 22, 2014 at 10:17

A better alternative will be to use updated (as you have mentioned that document has already been changed).

So you can say:

The document has the updated time slots

If you want to stick to your original sentence, there is no harm in that as it is grammatically correct too:

the document has an update for the given time slots.

It would also be correct to use:

there is an update in/to the document for/on the time slots.

Althogh, I would use "for" for the 2nd option.

  • yes, but when you notify someone, generally we say, "hey, there's an update on....
    – Maulik V
    Jan 22, 2014 at 10:22
  • @MaulikV: I agree. As J.R. said, this is one of those cases where more than one propositions could be used. And there is nothing grammatically wrong in the original version.
    – kmdhrm
    Jan 22, 2014 at 10:24
  • There is an update for you. You are promoted! Neither of nor on fits here!
    – Maulik V
    Jan 22, 2014 at 10:26
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    @MaulikV - That is a different context entirely; the update is for the other person, not to or on some document. Also, I have no problem with an update for the given time slots.
    – J.R.
    Jan 22, 2014 at 10:27
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    @Maulik - There is no set preposition that goes with update: I have an update for Brian. We're waiting for an update on the school closings. An update to the software will be released next week. Please visit our website for the latest updates in the material. The document has an update for the given time slots. Here is an update about the next update. It depends on what is being updated, and how it's being updated.
    – J.R.
    Jan 22, 2014 at 10:35

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