Groups: Singular or Plural?

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Groups: Singular or Plural?

Postby Slava » Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:47 pm

As many of you have most likely noticed, American and British Englishes differ in how to refer to teams; in the plural or singular. Well, it looks like The Atlantic has come up with a solution, just use both: "It seems safe to say that the United States does don't suffer from an epidemic of magical evil-doers, but until last week, Americans were far more likely to believe in witches than to worry about contracting Ebola."

Complete article here.
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Re: Groups: Singular or Plural?

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:55 pm

The article tapped my favorite rant these days, as I've pasted on my facebook feed several times in appropriate places. Ebola is not likely to become an epidemic in the US. OTOH (hey look at me guys! I made an acronym!), We are certain to have a flu epidemic that kills several thousands of people every year. Get your flu shot.

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