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Minute or minutes?

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oggsfrog Wed 24-Sep-08 12:18:12

Am I typing the minutes of a meeting or the minute???

AMumInScotland Wed 24-Sep-08 12:46:42

I think it has to be minutes plural see here - near the bottom.

oggsfrog Wed 24-Sep-08 12:53:44

I use the plural but some people I know use the singular and wondered which was correct.

fryalot Wed 24-Sep-08 12:54:31

You are minuting the meeting.
You are typing the minutes.
When it is done, you will have minuted it


oggsfrog Wed 24-Sep-08 12:57:30

So the document should be titled 'Minutes of meeting.......' and the agenda should list 'Minutes of previous meeting?? <hopeful> <confused>

AMumInScotland Wed 24-Sep-08 13:04:26

Yes, definitely "Minutes of (previous) meeting". It's a bit like "News" - you wouldn't say "Here is the new", it's always a plural.

AllFallDown Wed 24-Sep-08 13:05:38

You have a minute of each item discussed, but the whole meeting is documented in its minutes.

PigeonPie Wed 24-Sep-08 13:11:45

However, the Foreign Office used to write 'a minute' which was equivalent to 'memos' or 'memoranda' in my office.

I'm sure they probably still do

PigeonPie Wed 24-Sep-08 13:12:15

Actually, it would have been the equivalent of a Memorandum in my office!

amicissima Thu 02-Oct-08 21:47:10

Shouldn't it really be 'Here are the news'?

asicsgirl Fri 03-Oct-08 19:50:12

not unless you can say 'the first new is...'

a bit like trousers, pants, knickers. tho' the fashion press do talk about 'a trouser' now, a development which i particularly like

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