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    Default sports is

    I read this sentence on a blog:

    Sports is a funny thing.

    Is it correct to use "is" instead of "are"?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: sports is

    Sport (as in recreation or as a collective noun) is a funny thing.
    Sports (as a group of various physical activities or competitions) are funny (OR funny things).

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    Default Re: sports is

    If "Sports" is being used as a singular collective noun (which I think it is), then yes, the "is" usage is the correct form.


    Compare the idiomatic usage of a word:

    In BrE:

    Maths is a funny thing.

    In AmE:

    Math is a funny thing.
    Last edited by magimagicE; 30-Mar-2010 at 00:59.

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    Default Re: sports is

    You are correct on the distinction between AmE & BrE and your examples. My response to Jasmin165 was as an AmE speaker.

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    Default Re: sports is

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    You are correct on the distinction between AmE & BrE and your examples. My response to Jasmin165 was as an AmE speaker.
    I wouldn't say that magimagicE is right about BrE. To me it's "sport is" or "sports are". Usually, if we are talking about it in general, we use the singular "sport".

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    Default Re: sports is

    Looking at a few entries in Google, it is only those writers who use "sports" for "sport" that write this way.
    That makes it correct.
    "Sports" is being used like "maths".
    To say this is wrong, you'd have to say that the usage of "sports" is wrong since, in the context, "Sports is ..." is right.

    Here are some examples. It appears to be prevalent in Canada and north-east US.

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    It's hard to argue that 'sports' is plural here:
    Sports is a funny thing. On one hand, sports can be a unifying factor for otherwise enemies. On the other hand, sports also creates enemies.

    Canada fired up for second ice hockey crack at USA
    Winter Olympics | Canada fired up for second crack at USA
    Last edited by Raymott; 31-Mar-2010 at 00:13.

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    Default Re: sports is

    If you're talking a subject at school, then sports is boring would work for me. Otherwise, I would agree with Bhaisahab.

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