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English grammar of “ commit ~ to”?

There is a sentence using a verb “ commit”. But I can’t understand the grammatical structure of “ committing its members to reduce CO2 emissions”. I understand the pattern of “ I commit the management to him.” How should I think? Thanks beforehand.

The ACEA entered into a voluntary agreement with the European Commission, committing its members to reduce CO2 emissions for new passenger cars by 25% over a period of ten years.

Update:

Thanks. Can " commit" make the pattern of S+V+IO+DO?

Update 2:

I need a grammatical reason, PLEASE.

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  • 10 years ago
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    In this sentence, 'commiting its members' is purposive of the fact that ACEA is having its members 'get committed to reduce....'. The sentence could be written differently like this - The ACEA entered into a voluntary agreement with the European Commission, with its members committing to reduce CO2 emissions for new passenger cars by 25% over a period of ten years.

  • 10 years ago

    “committing its members to reduce CO2 emissions” = making the members agree to reduce CO2 emissions

    as regards to how you structure a sentence, no idea

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