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    Default Maldives , is it singular or plural?

    I looked it up on Longman dictionary. The Maldives "are" threatened by global warming.
    Or the Maldives in this sentence referred to people living on the islands.
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    Default Re: Maldives , is it singular or plural?

    Geography isn't my strong suit [not another clothing-related metaphor, BTW ] but I've always thought the Maldives were a group of islands. That sentence doesn't refer to people; they would be 'the inhabitants of the Maldives'.

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    Default Re: Maldives , is it singular or plural?

    "The Maldives" is used to refer to the group of islands so it takes the plural. However, the official name is "The Republic of the Maldives" - that would take the singular. The indigenous population are Maldivians or Maldive Islanders.
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    Default Re: Maldives , is it singular or plural?

    Thank you for your answer. But why we use a singular verb for the Philippines, even the country consists of many islands too.

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    Default Re: Maldives , is it singular or plural?

    The United States is another example.

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    Default Re: Maldives , is it singular or plural?

    If you think of '(The) Maldives' as the name of the nation rather than as the geographical group of islands, then the singular verb is possible.

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    Default Re: Maldives , is it singular or plural?

    I'll be honest - most people (in my part of the world) probably have no idea that The Philippines is made up of lots of islands. Most of us think of it as "a country" and therefore probably just one land mass. However, because The Maldives are a regular holiday destination for Brits looking for a tropical island experience, most of us are aware that they are islands.
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    Default Re: Maldives , is it singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'll be honest - most people (in my part of the world) probably have no idea that The Philippines is made up of lots of islands. Most of us think of it as "a country" and therefore probably just one land mass. However, because The Maldives are a regular holiday destination for Brits looking for a tropical island experience, most of us are aware that they are islands.
    Sad, but probably true. Probably a lot of people don't realise that the Maldives is a nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Sad, but probably true. Probably a lot of people don't realise that the Maldives is a nation.
    Also true. I was once taking part in a pub quiz in which the question "Which country do The Maldives belong to?" came up. We could hear other teams frantically running through every country they could think of in fairly close proximity to The Maldives, trying to work it out. Our team (4 immigration staff) sat back quite smugly realising it was a trick question.
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    Default Re: Maldives , is it singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "The Maldives" is used to refer to the group of islands so it takes the plural. However, the official name is "The Republic of the Maldives" - that would take the singular. The indigenous population are Maldivians or Maldive Islanders.
    I think the question is whether you are referring politically to the country or geographically to the islands and their ecosystems. So, the Maldives is also a country like the United States is, in certain contexts.

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