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Attendance vs. Present: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 2, 2023
Attendance refers to the act of being present at a place, while present, as an adjective, describes the state of being at that place.

Key Differences

The terms attendance and present have nuanced differences in their usage and meaning. Attendance primarily signifies the act or fact of attending an event, a place, or a situation, and it often pertains to being physically present at a predetermined location, such as a meeting or a class. In contrast, present serves as an adjective describing the state of being in a particular place, focusing on the existence or occurrence of an entity at a specified location or event.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 22, 2023
When assessing attendance, the emphasis is placed on the actual act of participating or being present, and it is usually measured or recorded, often in educational or professional settings. Present, as an adjective, underlines the immediate existence or occurrence of someone or something in a given situation or location. When someone is marked as present, it means their existence at a place is acknowledged, not necessarily implying active participation.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 22, 2023
In everyday language, attendance is a noun, and it relates to the number of people present at a specific event or the act of being present itself. It is quantifiable and can be used to assess the participation level in organized activities, such as conferences or workshops. On the other hand, present can function as various parts of speech, including adjective, noun, and verb, but when contrasting with attendance, it is typically used as an adjective to describe the state of being somewhere at a particular time.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 22, 2023
Exploring further, attendance is often associated with a sense of obligation or duty, where individuals are expected to be present, and their presence might be monitored or recorded. In educational institutions and workplaces, attendance is crucial and often mandated. In contrast, being present is more about existence at a location, without necessarily implying any obligation or duty to be there. It doesn’t always require monitoring or recording, and it may not hold the same level of importance as attendance in formal settings.
Sara Rehman
Sep 22, 2023
In professional or formal environments, understanding the distinction between attendance and present is pivotal. Attendance, being more formal and structured, holds significant value, especially where accountability and participation are crucial. Being present, however, is a more general and versatile term, emphasizing existence or occurrence, and can be used in various contexts, both formal and informal, to convey the presence of an individual or an object in a specified location or moment.
Harlon Moss
Sep 22, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Part of Speech

Noun
Adjective, Noun, Verb
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Implies

The act or fact of being present at a place.
The state of being at a place.
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Usage

Formal, often in educational or professional settings.
Versatile, used in various contexts.
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Obligation

Often associated with duty or obligation.
Doesn’t necessarily imply obligation or duty.
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Sep 22, 2023

Quantifiable

Can be measured or recorded.
Not inherently measurable or recordable.
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Sep 22, 2023
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Attendance and Present Definitions

Attendance

The act of being present at a location or event.
The conference had an impressive attendance, with over a thousand participants.
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Present

Being in a particular place.
He was present at the meeting but did not speak.
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Attendance

Presence at a place as part of a duty or obligation.
Regular attendance is mandatory for all employees.
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Sep 22, 2023

Present

A moment or period in time perceptible as intermediate between past and future; now.
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Attendance

Participation or presence in a formal gathering or event.
The assembly had full attendance from all members.
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Present

The present tense.
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Attendance

The number of people present at a particular event.
The attendance at the concert exceeded expectations.
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Sep 22, 2023

Present

A verb form in the present tense.
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Apr 27, 2023

Attendance

The record of the frequency of presence at events or places.
His attendance at the workshops has been consistent.
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Sep 22, 2023

Present

Presents(Law) The document or instrument in question
Be it known by these presents.
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Attendance

The act of attending.
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Present

Pres·ent (prĕzənt) Something presented; a gift.
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Attendance

The persons or number of persons that are present.
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Present

Pre·sent (prĭ-zĕnt) The position of a rifle or other weapon when presented.
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Attendance

The frequency with which a person is present.
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Present

Existing or happening now; current
The present leader.
Present trends.
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Attendance

The act of attending; the state of being present; presence.
Attendance at the meeting is required.
All those in attendance are to sign this slip.
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Present

Being at hand or in attendance
Thirty guests were present at the ceremony.
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Attendance

The persons or number of persons present.
The class sat down so that the teacher could take attendance.
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Present

Existing in something specified
Oxygen is present in the bloodstream.
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Attendance

The frequency with which one has been present for a regular activity or set of events.
John's attendance for the conventions was not good.
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Present

Now being considered; actually here or involved
The present subject.
Present company excepted.
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Attendance

(obsolete) Attention paid to something; careful regard.
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Present

(Grammar) Designating a verb tense or form that expresses current time.
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Attendance

Attention; regard; careful application.
Till I come, give attendance to reading.
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Present

(Archaic) Readily available; immediate.
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Attendance

The act of attending; state of being in waiting; service; ministry; the fact of being present; presence.
Constant attendance at church three times a day.
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Present

(Obsolete) Alert to circumstances; attentive.
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Attendance

Waiting for; expectation.
Languishing attendance and expectation of death.
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Present

To make a gift or award of
Presented the medal to the winner.
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Attendance

The persons attending; a retinue; attendants.
If your stray attendance by yet lodged.
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Present

To make a gift to
Presented the winner with a medal.
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Attendance

The act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.)
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Present

To offer for observation, examination, or consideration; show or display
The detective presented his badge.
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Present

To offer (a play, for example) for public entertainment.
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Present

To afford or furnish
The situation presented us with a chance to improve our knowledge.
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Present

To turn or position in the direction of another
Presented his face to the camera.
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Present

(Immunology) To display (an antigen) on the cell surface. Used especially of cells such as macrophages and dendritic cells, where the displayed antigen activates T cells as part of an immune response.
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Present

To represent or depict in a certain manner
The movie presents bankers as greedy and coldhearted.
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Present

To introduce, especially with formal ceremony.
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Present

To introduce (a young woman) to society with conventional ceremony.
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Present

To hold, carry, or point (a weapon) in a particular manner as a salutation or sign of honor, usually along the center axis of the body.
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Present

(Ecclesiastical) To recommend (a cleric) for a benefice.
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Present

To make a presentation.
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Present

To be evident or manifest. Used of a disease or condition
How Lyme disease presents in its later stages.
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Present

To exhibit symptoms or signs during a medical examination
The patient presented with headache and heel pain.
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Present

Relating to now, for the time being; current.
The barbaric practice continues to the present day.
The present manager has been here longer than the last one.
Up to the present day.
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Present

Located in the immediate vicinity.
Is there a doctor present?
Several people were present when the event took place.
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Present

(obsolete) Having an immediate effect (of a medicine, poison etc.); fast-acting.
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Present

(obsolete) Not delayed; immediate; instant.
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Present

(dated) Ready; quick in emergency.
A present wit
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Present

(obsolete) Favorably attentive; propitious.
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Present

Relating to something a person is referring to in the very context, with a deictic use similar to the demonstrative adjective this.
In the present study,
The present article,
The present results.
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Present

Attentive; alert; focused.
Sorry, I was distracted just now, I'll try to be more present from now on.
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Present

The current moment or period of time.
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Present

(grammar) The present tense.
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Present

A gift, especially one given for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, or any other special occasions.
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Present

(military) The position of a soldier in presenting arms.
To stand at present
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Present

To bring (someone) into the presence of (a person); to introduce formally.
To present an envoy to the king
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Present

(transitive) To nominate (a member of the clergy) for an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.
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Present

(transitive) To offer (a problem, complaint) to a court or other authority for consideration.
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Present

To charge (a person) with a crime or accusation; to bring before court.
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Present

(reflexive) To come forward, appear in a particular place or before a particular person, especially formally.
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Present

(transitive) To put (something) forward in order for it to be seen; to show, exhibit.
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Present

(transitive) To make clear to one's mind or intelligence; to put forward for consideration.
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Present

(transitive) To put on, stage (a play etc.).
The theater is proud to present the Fearless Fliers.
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Present

To point (a firearm) at something, to hold (a weapon) in a position ready to fire.
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Present

(reflexive) To offer oneself for mental consideration; to occur to the mind.
Well, one idea does present itself.
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Present

To come to the attention of medical staff, especially with a specific symptom.
The patient presented with insomnia.
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Present

To appear (in a specific way) for delivery (of a fetus); to appear first at the mouth of the uterus during childbirth.
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Present

To appear or represent oneself (as having a certain gender).
At that time, Elbe was presenting as a man.
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Present

(transitive) To act as presenter on (a radio, television programme etc.).
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Present

(transitive) To give a gift or presentation to (someone).
She was presented with an honorary degree for her services to entertainment.
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Present

(transitive) To give (a gift or presentation) to someone; to bestow.
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Present

(transitive) To deliver (something abstract) as though as a gift; to offer.
I presented my compliments to Lady Featherstoneshaw.
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Present

(transitive) To hand over (a bill etc.) to be paid.
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Present

To display one's female genitalia in a way that signals to others that one is ready for copulation. Also referred to as lordosis behaviour.
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Present

(fandom slang) In omegaverse fiction, to have one's secondary sex (alpha, omega, or beta) become apparent, typically at puberty.
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Present

Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; - opposed to absent.
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
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Present

Now existing, or in process; begun but not ended; now in view, or under consideration; being at this time; not past or future; as, the present session of Congress; the present state of affairs; the present instance.
I'll bring thee to the present business
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Present

Not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident.
An ambassador . . . desires a present audience.
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Present

Ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit.
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Present

Favorably attentive; propitious.
To find a god so present to my prayer.
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Present

Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present.
Past and present, wound in one.
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Present

Present letters or instrument, as a deed of conveyance, a lease, letter of attorney, or other writing; as in the phrase, " Know all men by these presents," that is, by the writing itself, " per has literas praesentes; " - in this sense, rarely used in the singular.
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Present

A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense.
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Present

Anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a Christmas present.
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Present

The position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at present.
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Present

To bring or introduce into the presence of some one, especially of a superior; to introduce formally; to offer for acquaintance; as, to present an envoy to the king; (with the reciprocal pronoun) to come into the presence of a superior.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the lord.
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Present

To exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine appearance.
Lectorides's memory is ever . . . presenting him with the thoughts of other persons.
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Present

To pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in charge or possession; to deliver; to make over.
So ladies in romance assist their knight,Present the spear, and arm him for the fight.
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Present

To make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer.
My last, least offering, I present thee now.
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Present

Hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with a donation; also, to court by gifts.
Octavia presented the poet for him admirable elegy on her son Marcellus.
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Present

To present; to personate.
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Present

To nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.
The patron of a church may present his clerk to a parsonage or vicarage; that is, may offer him to the bishop of the diocese to be instituted.
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Present

To nominate for support at a public school or other institution .
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Present

To appear at the mouth of the uterus so as to be perceptible to the finger in vaginal examination; - said of a part of an infant during labor.
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Present

The period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech;
That is enough for the present
He lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow
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Present

Something presented as a gift;
His tie was a present from his wife
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Present

A verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
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Present

Show or demonstrate something to an interested audience;
She shows her dogs frequently
We will demo the new software in Washington
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Present

Bring forward and present to the mind;
We presented the arguments to him
We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason
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Present

Perform (a play), especially on a stage;
We are going to stage `Othello'
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Present

Hand over formally
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Present

Introduce;
This poses an interesting question
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Present

Give, especially as a reward;
Bestow honors and prizes at graduation
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Present

Give as a present; make a gift of;
What will you give her for her birthday?
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Present

Deliver (a speech, oration, or idea);
The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students
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Present

Cause to come to know personally;
Permit me to acquaint you with my son
Introduce the new neighbors to the community
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Present

Represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally;
The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting
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Present

Present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize;
We confronted him with the evidence
He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions
An enormous dilemma faces us
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Present

Formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
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Present

Recognize with a gesture prescribed by a miltary regulation; assume a prescribed position;
When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute
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Present

Temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration;
The present leader
Articles for present use
The present topic
The present system
Present observations
Time past
His youth is past
This past Thursday
The past year
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Present

Spatial sense; being or existing in a specified place;
The murderer is present in this room
Present at the wedding
Present at the creation
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Present

Existing or occurring now.
She is present in the office today.
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Sep 22, 2023

Present

Introduced, especially at a formal event.
The president is present at the gala.
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Sep 22, 2023

Present

Ready for immediate use.
Emergency equipment is present in every room.
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Sep 22, 2023

Present

Currently being considered or discussed.
The matter present under discussion is of utmost importance.
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FAQs

What does attendance imply?

Attendance implies the act or fact of being present, often measured or recorded.
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Sep 22, 2023

Can something be present but not visible?

Yes, something can be present in a location but not necessarily visible.
Sara Rehman
Sep 22, 2023

Is high attendance always desirable?

Often, but not always, depending on the context and the event.
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Sep 22, 2023

Can attendance impact performance evaluations?

Yes, in many workplaces and educational settings, attendance is crucial.
Harlon Moss
Sep 22, 2023

Is attendance always mandatory?

Not always, but it is often required in formal, organized settings.
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Sep 22, 2023

Does present always imply physical presence?

Usually, but it can also imply existence or occurrence in a broader sense.
Janet White
Sep 22, 2023

Can attendance refer to a single person?

Yes, it can refer to the presence of one individual or many.
Janet White
Sep 22, 2023

Can an object be described as present?

Yes, it can denote the existence or availability of an object in a location.
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Sep 22, 2023

Can present function as a noun?

Yes, present can be a noun, adjective, or verb, depending on the context.
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Sep 22, 2023

Is being present the same as participating?

No, being present indicates being in a place, not necessarily participating.
Janet White
Sep 22, 2023

Can attendance be voluntary?

Yes, attendance can be either voluntary or mandatory.
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Sep 22, 2023

Can present imply readiness?

Yes, it can signify that something is ready or available for use.
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Sep 22, 2023

Is attendance only related to people?

Typically, but it can refer to anything that can be present, like objects.
Janet White
Sep 22, 2023

Can present be used in the context of time?

Yes, it can refer to the existing or occurring moment.
Sara Rehman
Sep 22, 2023

Is attendance a more formal term than present?

Generally, yes, attendance is more formal and structured than present.
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Sep 22, 2023
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