Advertisement

Ad hoc

  •  
  • Ad hoc, a loanword from Latin (where it means, literally, to this), means for this specific purpose. It usually functions as an adjective preceding the noun it modifies—for example:

     

    1 To 1 English native Teachers,  the best way to improve your English!
    Click here to find out more!

    Every inch of green grass outside the mall had been transformed into ad hoc parking lots. [Dallas Morning News]

    An ad hoc committee voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend the city implement cell phone restrictions in school zones. [Amarillo Globe-News]

    Bagley is the chief transportation planner for Montgomery County and part of an ad hoc mobility task force that sprung up when the bridge closed in October … [Pottstown Mercury]

    Advertisement

    Often, verbose phrases involving ad hoc could be shortened—for example:

    We have been collaborating on an ad hoc basis with [collaborating ad hoc with] Ignacio for some time. [Fresh Plaza]

    Advertisement

    Speak Your Mind

    About Grammarist
    Contact | Privacy policy | Home
    © Copyright 2009-2014 Grammarist