Reservation or appointment?

Today you’re going to learn two similar but different words: reservation and appointment. Both words are used when you schedule something. Then what’s the difference?

Let’s look at the word “reservation” first. You make a reservation to reserve a “place”. When you want to have dinner at a restaurant, go to a show, travel by air, or stay at a hotel, you make a reservation. You reserve a table, a seat, or a room. You keep a place for future use.

What about “appointment” then? You make an appointment with a person. When you need to see a doctor or a dentist or a beautician, or when you arrange a business meeting with someone, you make an appointment. Now, use the word appointment only for business meetings. You don’t make an appointment with friends. You make plans with friends.

NOTE: The original story was first published in May 2015.

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