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    Hi,
    I've read this sentence:
    The Usa has become a world power.....

    why do they use Has instead of have? are both possibile?
    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi,
    I've read this sentence:
    The Usa has become a world power.....

    why do they use Has instead of have? are both possibile?
    Thanks
    Rip
    The USA is seen as a country in that context, so It has... .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi,
    I've read this sentence:
    The Usa has become a world power.....

    why do they use Has instead of have? are both possibile?
    Thanks
    Rip

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) This is a popular question that has been asked many times.

    (2) The answer from many people:

    You are 100% correct: The "correct" answer should be

    the United States have/ are, etc.

    (3) In fact, until our Civil War (1861 - 1865), we considered

    ourselves many states in voluntary association. So it is said that

    before 1861, most people would say "The United States are ...."

    (4) After the Civil War (in which about 600,000 young men died),

    the idea of one united country became more and more the idea that

    we decided to live by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    (3) In fact, until our Civil War (1861 - 1865), we considered

    ourselves many states in voluntary association. So it is said that

    before 1861, most people would say "The United States are ...."
    Is it true that people used the form These United States in those days?


    Also, in BrE, it's common to see the plural for the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Also, in BrE, it's common to see the plural for the US.
    Oh, I am out of touch then. The only time I have heard the plural used is in American films (movies) set in the past.

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    Default Re: the USA has...

    Here's one that uses the plural (headline) and singular (first paragraph):
    World Cup 2022: Qatar impress but USA are favourites | Football | The Guardian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Is it true that people used the form These United States in those days?


    Also, in BrE, it's common to see the plural for the US.
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    (1) Great question. Hopefully, someone who knows history well will

    answer the question regarding "these."

    (2) Regarding your other post in this thread, isn't it true (of course,

    I do not know) that the British always use a plural verb for sports

    teams?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    (1) Great question. Hopefully, someone who knows history well will answer the question regarding "[T]hese United States]."
    See languagehat.com: THESE UNITED STATES.

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    Default Re: the USA has...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Here's one that uses the plural (headline) and singular (first paragraph):
    World Cup 2022: Qatar impress but USA are favourites | Football | The Guardian
    That's different. That's the USA as a football team. England are plural then, as are America (and Quatar).

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    Default Re: the USA has...

    These United States is a rock/pop band , originally from Washington, D.C.

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