This use of the word attendee seems wrong. I usually think of the "ee" suffix as indicating the subject or recipient of an action. (An employee is one who is employed, a payee is one who is paid, etc.) In the given sentence, it sounds as though the conference is seeing to the needs of the people who were there, when the meaning is probably intended khổng lồ be "more than 1,000 people were there".

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I would expect that the correct word to use here is attender, as in "one who attends". (Not attendant, "one who accompanies".) Is this a situation where the incorrect form is used so much that it becomes correct through force majeure? Is it not actually an instance of the "ee" suffix at all?


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It's the correct form because that's what everyone says and writes. Complaining doesn't change things.
Attendee means, "a person who attends a meeting, etc."

Attender is a word that is used especially in British English lớn mean, "a person who goes lớn a place or an event, often on a regular basis." As the OALD says, in North American English you would say attendee in this case too.


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I reviewed some examples of these words in instances linked from ngrams for attendee,attender. Senses of attender visible in those instances include: one who attends khổng lồ some task; one who is present at an event; & one who makes a practice of being present at events. Typically, only the second of those senses applies to attendee. An attender exhibits volition; an attendee need not.

Note, wiktionary shows another sense for attendee: “(uncommon) A person who is attended”. Attender cannot take that sense, while attendee almost never takes the sense “one who attends to lớn some task”.


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Sometimes words using these suffixes come in pairs. The -er is the person that performs the action, & the -ee is the person that receives the action. For example, an employer (gives the employment) và employee (receives the employment). However that is not the case here.

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I would say "attendee" here. "Attender" is not a word that I"ve heard before. It sounds constructed. I think this is just for idiomatic reasons và I suspect there is not a good explanation. Sometimes you just have to lớn memorize irregular words, and I think this is one of them.


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I"m sorry you"ve never heard the word "attender" before. Where I used to work we had an Irregular Attender Procedure (for people who did not attend work regularly - i.e. Had too much sick leave) và a survey for the Colston Hall in Bristol (England) recently asked if my experience was affected by "other attenders".

IMHO attendee started off in management circles which are populated people who are barely literate but want to lớn speak in a way they think befits their station - these are the sort of people who will happily say "beginning" or "start" at home, but at work talk about "commencement".

And attendee is only the most common example of this nonsense - see "Standee" (someone who stands on a bus apparently). This problem was highlighted back in 2005 (along with attendee) - see here http://www.theguardian.com/comment/story/0,,1461206,00.html