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    Default nouns of multitude + verb

    Hello.

    I guess it's very diffcult thread to understand.

    For example: What is correct?

    1. San Antonio Spurs has/have a good teamplay.
    2. The United States is/are a the champion/champions
    3. The Beatles is/are well-known music band.
    4. Russia is/are the widest country in the world.

    I suppose both are correct, but I'm not sure.
    Is there a difference between BrE, AmE, AuE in this case?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Default Re: nouns of multitude + verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Hello.

    I guess it's very diffcult thread to understand.

    For example: What is correct?

    1. San Antonio Spurs has/have a good teamplay. Both "has" and "have" are possible in BrE. It's not a natural sentence, though.
    2. The United States is/are a the champion/champions. Both are possible in BrE.
    3. The Beatles is/are well-known music band. As above
    4. Russia is/are the widest country in the world. Only "is" is correct.

    I suppose both are correct, but I'm not sure.
    Is there a difference between BrE, AmE, AuE in this case?

    Thanks in advance.
    Boris.
    Bhai.

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    Default Re: nouns of multitude + verb

    Even with the BrE use of the plural for a team, it would still be "the champion" though, right?

    In the US, you'd use "is" for the US. It's a single country.

    With teams and bands, it's a big odd - we tend to use the plural if the team name is plural and the singular if the team name is singular. The Spurs are a good team. The Heat is a good team. But people are not consistent. The Beatles were great. Heart had a song called "Barracuda."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: nouns of multitude + verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Even with the BrE use of the plural for a team, it would still be "the champion" though, right?
    If the subject is considered as a plural, 'champions' is common.

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