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NBA Finals -- singular or plural?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Shaggy, May 28, 2010.

  1. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    The NBA Finals are basketball's biggest stage?


    The NBA Finals is basketball's biggest stage?
  2. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, since they incorrectly pluralize the noun, you need to make the verb agree.

    There are 4 quarterfinals, 2 semifinals . . . and only one final. There should never be a "finals" in anything. The fact that the "NBA Finals" occurs in 4-7 parts makes the plural use a little less offensive. But just a little.
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I thought this was going to be a "final" or "finals" argument.
  4. CitizenTino

    CitizenTino Active Member

    I'm similarly annoyed by the AP being the only organization to call it the NBA finals instead the NBA Finals.

    Poorly named or not, NBA Finals is the official name of the championship series, no different than World Series or Super Bowl.
  5. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Yep, we have to cap it all the time as well.

    And BT, I think the fact it's multiple games does justify NBA Finals....

    Otherwise, gosh, it would be World Serie.

    (just kidding.)
  6. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    There is no argument - "final" is right, "finals" is wrong. The end.
  7. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    Except for those who disagree. (And I am in the final camp.)
  8. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    As I said, there is no argument. People who disagree are as wrong as if they had said 2+2=5. They have no argument to make.
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Then it should also be Western Conference final and Eastern Conference final.
  10. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    That's kind of like saying Mychal Thompson or Shawn Kemp spell their names wrong. "NBA Finals" is the proper noun. It might be grammatically incorrect, but it is the correct usage.
  11. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    It is, if you're speaking about those series individually.

    If you're speaking of them collectively, "the conference finals" is correct, because there are two of them.
  12. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Grammar is exactly what I mean. I'm not talking here about proper names.
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