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    Default How do you count meeting minutes?

    I understand that the word "minute" is always used in plural when meaning "an official written record of what is said and decided at a meeting". I also understand that we should say "there are (not 'there is') meeting minutes" even when there is one such document.

    How do you count meeting minutes?
    One ___ of minutes, two ____ of minutes?

    I mean different minutes for different meetings, not copies of the same minutes.

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    Default Re: How do you count meeting minutes?

    They would be "the minutes" whether talking about one or many meetings.

    Can you send me the minutes for last Friday's meeting?

    Can you send me the minutes for all of the Friday meetings this year?

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    Default Re: How do you count meeting minutes?

    In my experience, the collective noun used is "set/s".
    A minute is a single entry in the record of a meeting (a minutia) . Because protocol dictates a minimum number of entries (call to order, introduction of agenda, etc) the number of minutes on the document will always be greater than one. So, a document containing these details is referred to as a "set" of minutes. Or simply, "the minutes".

    Identical sets of minutes are prepared for distribution by the secretary to participants in the meeting.
    An archive of all the different sets from various meetings is also kept, according to standard meeting procedures.

    "I will have to read several sets of minutes in order to find out who introduced the motion concerning the annual flower show."

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    "Refer to the minutes of the February meeting for details."
    "Minutes" itself is a collective noun which indicates a collection of minutiae.

    This is anecdotal, so don't bet your life/career on it. The standard American text for meetings and parliamentary procedure is "Robert's Rules of Order".

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    Default Re: How do you count meeting minutes?

    Thank you so much.

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    Thank you so much!

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