Wu Ting
How would you interpret the last sentence? MR. WOOD (the president): The record will show this is the Committee on Un-American Activities sitting now in the city of Washington, District of Columbia. Those present in addition to Committee and Staff members are the recording secretary and visitors from the press corps in the back gallery of the room. Mr. Harrison Shepherd sits here before us accompanied by two persons. The committee will be in order. How would you interpret the last sentence “The committee will be in order”? Thanks. And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.
Jul 9, 2015 3:30 AM
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This is a set phrase ' to call to order' means to declare that the official proceedings of a court or other formal gathering are now underway and everyone present has to assume their correct position and adhere to the rules of the event. The same expression is often used in relation to meetings - the chairman called the meeting to order - this might happen at the beginning, or, if it occurs during the course of the meeting it suggests that the participants have begun behaving badly, arguing and getting off the point, or being disruptive and generally upsetting the good order of the proceedings.
July 9, 2015
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Wu Ting
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
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