You've just gotten engaged and you're starting to plan your wedding. You're talking with a friend about your preparations. You haven't sent invitations to guests yet, but your wedding is coming up very soon. You're a little stressed out about it. You say:
I seriously need to start sending out invitations soon.
The word "seriously" can be added to "need to ___". When you do this, it sounds like the need is really strong.
This phrase sounds like something a younger person would say. It's not inappropriate for older people, but I picture someone under 35 using this.
When you add "out" to the verb "send", it suggests that you are sending it to more than one person:
Did you receive the revised schedule that I distributed on March 7th?
Notice that "out" can come in two locations:
Send it out.
I sent them out.
I've already sent out the invitations.
Can you send out a reminder to all the sales staff?
"Invitations" are cards (or, more recently, e-mails) that you send to people. An invitation announces an event like a wedding or a party, and lets you know that you're welcome to come to it.
The word "invitation" can also mean asking someone to come to an event. When you use "invitation" in this way, it often comes in these phrases:
- To "extend an invitation to" someone means to invite them.
- To "accept an invitation" means to say "yes".
- To "have an open invitation" means that you are invited to go somewhere any time you want to.
Written "invitations" can be plural, but a spoken "invitation" usually isn't.
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