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May 25, 2010


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American English prefers the singular in some cases where British English prefers the plural. The difference is perhaps most striking when referring to sports teams: e.g. "[i]f the USA loses its opening match against England on June 12..."


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That's interesting, dw. Thanks. Especially as the USA stands for a plural - United States. I think we would use a plural verb here with the country meaning team eg "England are among the favourites to win the World Cup" (from this piece http://www.goal.com/en/news/3049/ask-the-bookie/2010/05/25/1941548/ask-the-bookie-save-your-money-and-dont-back-england )


Long live her Majesty, that's all I can say.

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