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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Oh, I meant if the word doesn't have a plural. The word is, by the way, the first you cited.

    Don't buy all $%^ that come(s) onto the market!

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    Well, very simply, other than when we refer to having diarrhoea as "having the sh*ts", we never use that word in the plural. You would say "You like all the new sh*t that comes onto the market".
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    Excellent. Although this discussion got a bit off-topic, I would like to know if we couldn't use 'come' as in

    Italy are a great country/team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Excellent. Although this discussion got a bit off-topic, I would like to know if we couldn't use 'come' as in

    Italy are a great country/team.

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    You are mixing up two things there. We never say "Italy are a great country", we only say "Italy is a great country". It's a slightly different matter when talking about sports teams. In BrE (but, I understand, not in AmE), we use both the singular and the plural to refer to companies, teams, organisations.

    Italy are currently in the lead in the World Cup rankings.
    Italy is likely to win the World Cup next time.
    Barclays Bank have announced a hike in interest rates.
    Virgin Media is taking on a thousand new staff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Excellent. Although this discussion got a bit off-topic, I would like to know if we couldn't use 'come' as in

    Italy are a great country/team.

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    No, completely different.

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    I wonder why as Italy may represent all team players or citizens as much as $% would represent all new things that come onto the market.

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    Edit: EMSR2D2, I didn't see your answers. You're too fast!
    Last edited by Offroad; 14-Jul-2013 at 19:32. Reason: typo

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