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Is this sentence grammatically correct and fine to your ears?

The company's general manager appears at the awards ceremony to receive recognition plaques.

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  • Is it happening right now? Or do you mean in the future or past?
    – user3169
    Feb 1, 2016 at 4:39
  • Are you at the ceremony, or are you just telling someone about what is happening somewhere else?
    – user3169
    Feb 1, 2016 at 5:09
  • If this is to be reported live or shared (an ongoing event) somewhere, then it is okay. But if this is for a written report to be published or submitted later on, then use 'appeared' or 'attended'.
    – shin
    Feb 1, 2016 at 5:10

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Your example

The general manager appears at the awards ceremony

describes a person at an event that is currently happening and is grammatically correct and understandable

Other ways to express this in the present tense are

The general manager is at the awards ceremony
The general manager is attending the awards ceremony
The general manager attends the awards ceremony

One usually attends an event where attending implies appearance. If there is some special circumstance or reason for being there, it can be called

a guest appearance
a surprise appearance

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