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"Please see attached an invitation to the ESM Celebration event being held on Nov 8th. It would be great to get a table from Pharmacy together to go.
The event is free and much fun was had last year at it.
If you’d like to attend can you let me know asap.
Also it would be great to have pharmacy featuring in the nominations. So please consider filling in a form and sending directly to ..."
Thanks
I have just checked my work emails and found the above.
Why does "being held" is preferred over "will be held" in the given context?
Is "being" used to form the present passive? Is it because it's fixed?
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which will be held is not wrong.

being held makes it sound more like the event is already planned, reservations are being accepted, things are being organized, etc.

Clive

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Jigneshbharatithe ESM Celebration event being held on Nov 8th

Active: We are holding the ESM Celebration event on Nov. 8.
Passive: The ESM Celebration event is being held on Nov. 8.

This is an invitation to the ESM Celebration event which is being held on Nov. 8.

You can omit "which is" for brevity. That's in fact what the writer has done.

JigneshbharatiWhy does is "being held" is preferred over "will be held" in the given context?

It's the writer's choice. "will be held" is more formal. "being held" is less formal, but also more definite in my opinion. The writer is more confident that this future event is going to happen. Opinions may vary on this point.

CJ

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