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dictos

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hello!

how can I say:

I want to speak to "the person who is responsible" for admissions?

I am looking for a single word alternative for "the person who is responsible"

thanks!
 

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Hello!

How can I say:

I want to speak to "the person who is responsible" for admissions?

I am looking for a single word alternative for "the person who is responsible".

Thanks!

Welcome to the forum.

Depending on context, "admissions officer" might be appropriate but without knowing the organisation/institution you are calling, it's not possible to say for certain.

Please note my amendments to your post. Remember the rules of written English:

- Start every sentence with a capital letter.
- Always capitalise the word "I".
- End every sentence with a single punctuation mark.
 

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Thanks for your reply.
I am looking something regardless the context of the phrase.
I was thinking something like "I want to speak to the responsible for the admissions".
But it just doesn't sound okay to me. Is it correct? Or any alternative?
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Thanks for your reply.
I am looking something regardless of the context of the phrase.
There is no point in saying anything if you have no context for it.
I was thinking something like "I want to speak to the responsible for the admissions".
That is not possible in English.
 

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:up: To be more specific, 'the responsible' never works as a noun when the person responsible is singular, and I imagine someone can find - but I can't be bothered to find, as it's such a rare and unnatural collocation - a case where it works if there is more than one person who is responsible; the same applies to several other adjectives behaving as nouns - 'the damned', for example, are always plural. In many languages, you can just use an adjective to make a noun like this. (But you claim your native language is English.... And I suppose you have chosen 'Aaland' as a place of residence with the sense of 'What business is that of yours?' But believe me, we can be more helpful if we know a bit about people asking questions in this forum. ;-)

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