As far as I see there are several phrases possible:

"We want to ..."

  • "meet in person"
  • "meet on site" / "meet on-site"
  • "meet locally"
  • "meet physically"
  • "meet face-to-face"

Is there a difference in the meaning? When should I use which phrase?

  • Meeting in person, locally, physically, or face-to-face could be on-site or off-site (but still in person). If you mean on-site, use on-site.
    – Davo
    Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 11:48
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On-site would normally refer to a work site. Locally would be right if you live near each other and choose a nearby place to meet. If you are a long way from each other it can't be local for both of you.

The other three are all correct for physical meetings in an unspecified place.

  • Thanks, I wasn't aware that "on-site" normally refers to a work site. And is it written "on-site" or "on site" in this context?
    – Peter T.
    Commented Aug 16, 2020 at 10:43
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    I think I would use on-site meeting when I meet on-site, but I think either alternative is acceptable in either position. Some even make it a single word. If you check the meaning via google you will see that it doesn't actually mean a work site, but that is usually what it is in practice.
    – Peter
    Commented Aug 16, 2020 at 12:32

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