How can I create an alias for a command that includes a space?

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – Most of my my aliases are of this form: alias p='pwd' I want to alias git commit so that it does git commit -v But trying to create an alias with a space gives an error: $ alias 'git commit'='git commit -v' -bash: alias: `git commit': invalid alias name (HowTos)