committee


committee
committee
can take a singular or plural construction, depending on the sense. If the emphasis is on collectivity or unity, it is treated as singular; if the emphasis is on the individuality of its members, it is treated as plural. Examples:

• The committee proposes an Official Information Act to cover leakage of information —Times, 1972

• The local party's General Management Committee will vote for their choice next Monday evening —Wandsworth Borough News, 1977

• An international committee on viral names has been looking into the problem —Capital Gay, 1986.

The status of singular or plural is unclear when the verb is in the past or constructed with an auxiliary verb such as will or may, and plural number is often clarified by resorting to an expression such as the members of the committee:

• With just over a week to go before the Festival of the Mountain, members of the committee are working flat out to put plans in place —Laois Nationalist, 2004.

See agreement 3.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • committee — com·mit·tee n 1: a person to whom a charge (as an incompetent) is committed compare conservator, curator, guardian, tutor …   Law dictionary

  • Committee — Com*mit tee, n. [Cf. OF. comit[ e] company, and LL. comitatus jurisdiction or territory of a count, county, assize, army. The word was apparently influenced by the verb commit, but not directly formed from it. Cf. {County}.] One or more persons… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • committee — The code directs or allows committees to appear and act on behalf of various classes of creditors. Generally, there is a committee of unsecured creditors in a Chapter 11 case. There also may be committees of equity security holders (shareholders) …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • committee — ► NOUN 1) (treated as sing. or pl. ) a group of people appointed for a specific function by a larger group. 2) Law, Brit. a person to whom another person or another person s property is entrusted. ● Committee of the whole House Cf. ↑Committee of… …   English terms dictionary

  • committee — [kə mit′ē] n. [ME committe, a representative < Anglo Fr commité, pp. (for Fr commis) of commettre, to commit < L committere: see COMMIT] 1. a group of people chosen, as from the members of a legislature or club, to consider, investigate,… …   English World dictionary

  • Committee — Com mit*tee , n. [From {Commit}, v. t.] (Law) One to whom the charge of the person or estate of another, as of a lunatic, is committed by suitable authority; a guardian. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Committee — (engl., spr. Kammitti), so v. w. Comité …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • committee — 1620s, from COMMIT (Cf. commit) + EE (Cf. ee), or else a revival of Anglo Fr. commite, pp. of commettre to commit, from L. committere (see COMMIT (Cf. commit)). Originally person to whom something is committed (late 15c.); the 17c. sense was a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • committee — [n] group working on project board, bureau, cabinet, chamber, commission, consultants, convocation, council, investigators, jury, panel, representatives, task force, trustees; concept 381 …   New thesaurus


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