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why do the British...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by bydesign77, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    ...treat nouns, like cities and companies like plural nouns?

    There was a FB post from Top Gear that says "Nissan are releasing" and I've heard them refer to teams like Manchester as a plural, too. So why do we do it differently? It doesn't sound right to my American ear.

    I'm sure I should know the answer, but I don't.
  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    ... Not brush their teeth?
  3. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    ... sound so goddamn awesome?
  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    ... eat prawn-flavoured chips?
  5. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    It's an extension of the collective noun idea.

    If you are writing a headline about the Miami Heat, you would use a plural verb because Heat would be a collective noun.
    Heat choke rather than Heat chokes.
  6. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    apologize before entering?
  7. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    In my experience, they should apologize before and after exiting.

    Wait, what?
  8. Brooklyn Bridge

    Brooklyn Bridge Active Member

    Pronounce schedule like shh-edule instead of sked-ule?
  9. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    ... drive on the left side of the road?

    ... eat spotted dick?
  10. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member


    I don't know how to take that.
  11. Bodie_Broadus

    Bodie_Broadus Active Member

    ...think Mr. Bean is funny.
  12. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    ... have such terrible food?
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