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    "The Committee for Integration" versus "The Integration Committee"

    A student of mines has recently wanted to know if there's a rule (a set of rules, possibly) to use to decide whether to go for (1) or (2).

    (1) The Committee for the Liberation and Integration of Terrifying Organisms

    (2) The Terryfying Organisms Liberation, Integration and Rehabilitation Committee

    My off-the-top-of-my-head answer: (2) is preferred in English as long as it doesn't sound weird/too complicated/too long and/or violate grammar.

    Yet, the question boils down to simple examples, such as:

    (2) heat of combustion

    (3) combustion heat

    Do you take (2) for being exactly the same as (3)?

    Thanks.

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    Re: "The Committee for Integration" versus "The Integration Committee"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbert View Post
    A student of mines has recently wanted to know if there's a rule (a set of rules, possibly) to use to decide whether to go for (1) or (2).

    (1) The Committee for the Liberation and Integration of Terrifying Organisms

    (2) The Terryfying Organisms Liberation, Integration and Rehabilitation Committee

    My off-the-top-of-my-head answer: (2) is preferred in English as long as it doesn't sound weird/too complicated/too long and/or violate grammar.

    Yet, the question boils down to simple examples, such as:

    (2) heat of combustion

    (3) combustion heat

    Do you take (2) for being exactly the same as (3)?

    Thanks.
    I wouldn't say that there's a preference in English. Even is something is officially called the Department of Defence, it could still be called the Defence Department, and often is.

    As for non-title terms, there is sometimes a difference.

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    Re: "The Committee for Integration" versus "The Integration Committee"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbert View Post
    A student of mines has recently wanted to know if there's a rule (a set of rules, possibly) to use to decide whether to go for (1) or (2).

    (1) The Committee for the Liberation and Integration of Terrifying Organisms

    (2) The Terryfying Organisms Liberation, Integration and Rehabilitation Committee

    My off-the-top-of-my-head answer: (2) is preferred in English as long as it doesn't sound weird/too complicated/too long and/or violate grammar.

    Yet, the question boils down to simple examples, such as:

    (2) heat of combustion

    (3) combustion heat

    Do you take (2) for being exactly the same as (3)?

    Thanks.
    In your example, #1 has others acting to liberate the terrifying organisms. #2 sounds like the terrifying organisms are doing the liberating.

    Keep in mind that the "Committee for the Liberation and Integration of Terrifying Organisms and their Reintroduction Into Society" was used on a TV show for the comedic acronym formed.

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