Thursday, December 15, 2011


Voluntary = (i) normally controlled by or subject to individual volition: ‘Voluntary muscle contraction.’ (ii) supported by charitable donation: ‘Voluntary hospital’ (iii) of free choice: ‘Participation in the programme is completely voluntary.’ (iv) undertaken deliberately; intentional: ‘He is accused of voluntary manslaughter.’
Voluntary is an adjective (NOT a noun). It describes someone who agrees to work without being paid or work that is not paid: ‘On Saturdays she does voluntary work at an old age home.’
The noun is volunteer = someone who decides to do something willingly, not by force: ‘I need three volunteers to help me move the piano.’

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