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English term or phrase:committee
English translation:on
Entered by: Anna Maria Augustine at proZ.com
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23:06 Aug 30, 2006
English to English translations [PRO]
Linguistics / grammar /prepositions
English term or phrase: committee
Having doubts here. Do we say that someone is "on a committee" or "in a committee"???
In America we say " on" -but a non-native speaker suggested "in". Would this be a BE alternative?

The actual context is that a group represents a regional administration on/in a technical committee.

Thanks for clearing up this doubt.
Marie Scarano
Italy
Local time: 21:20
on
Explanation:
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Note added at 7 mins (2006-08-30 23:13:45 GMT)
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Why don't you send a paragraph of the context so we can really help you?

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Note added at 50 mins (2006-08-30 23:57:05 GMT)
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in is definitely not right but propositions are always the hardest part of grammar for anyone whatever the language they are learning. It is not only English that is difficult.

Hope this helps.
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Anna Maria Augustine at proZ.com
France
Local time: 21:20
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5 +9onAnna Maria Augustine at proZ.com


  

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1 min   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +9
on


Explanation:
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Note added at 7 mins (2006-08-30 23:13:45 GMT)
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Why don't you send a paragraph of the context so we can really help you?

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Note added at 50 mins (2006-08-30 23:57:05 GMT)
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in is definitely not right but propositions are always the hardest part of grammar for anyone whatever the language they are learning. It is not only English that is difficult.

Hope this helps.

Anna Maria Augustine at proZ.com
France
Local time: 21:20
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 28
Notes to answerer
Asker: The sentence is simply as I said in the question: XXX represents the regional government in/on a technical committee. I also think on sounds better, but I wanted to be sure

Asker: In fact, I was sure about sitting "on" a committee - here it was the verb "represents" that threw me off.


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Andy Watkinson: In BE you sit ON a committee
57 mins
  -> Thank you

agree  Anton Baer: You sit on a committee, while (government) bills, motions, etc. are in committee, i.e. being discussed by a committee
1 hr
  -> Thank you

agree  Sophia Hundt
1 hr
  -> Thank you

agree  Joe L
5 hrs
  -> Thank you

agree  Jack Doughty: Yes, "on" is right for "represents" too.
7 hrs
  -> Thanks

agree  Alison Jenner
8 hrs
  -> Thanks

agree  xxxAlfa Trans
16 hrs

agree  kamelia_bg
19 hrs

agree  Erich Ekoputra
1 day8 hrs
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