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    I have a sentence in my book "the five colored rings symbolizes...
    Why symbolizes? We have five colored rings, a plural noun.

    Olympic has a cloth that there are five colored rings on it. What is that piece of cloth called? What continent does each circle symbolize? What color stands for Asia, Africa, Europe ...?

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    Re: Olympic Games

    The book is thinking of the five rings joined together into one symbol. The cloth is a flag. The colours don't represent individual continents:
    As can be read in the Olympic Charter, the Olympic symbol represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games. However, no continent is represented by any specific ring. Though colourful explanations about the symbolism of the coloured rings exist, the only connection between the rings and the continents is that the number five refers to the number of continents.
    Olympic symbols - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Olympic Games

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    I have a sentence in my book "the five colored rings symbolizes...
    Why symbolizes? We have five colored rings, a plural noun.

    Olympic has a cloth that there are five colored rings on it. What is that piece of cloth called? What continent does each circle symbolize? What color stands for Asia, Africa, Europe ...?

    Thanks
    Tdol is correct about the intent of the author. However, I would have chosen a plural verb there.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 26-Nov-2006 at 02:01.

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    Re: Olympic Games

    The circles represent the 5 continents. They are coloured blue, yellow, black, green and red. When they are placed on the white background of the flag they represent all the colours appearing on the national flags of the world. This is the explanation given by Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern olympics

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    http://multimedia.olympic.org/pdf/en_report_672.pdf

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    Re: Olympic Games

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Tdol is correct about the intent of the author. However, I would have chosen a plural verb there.
    Interesting that it seems to be a book by an American author, from the spelling of colored, but as a BrE speaker, I have no problem with the use of the singular there.

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    Re: Olympic Games

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Interesting that it seems to be a book by an American author, from the spelling of colored, but as a BrE speaker, I have no problem with the use of the singular there.
    Not only colour but symbolise as well.

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    Re: Olympic Games

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Interesting that it seems to be a book by an American author, from the spelling of colored, but as a BrE speaker, I have no problem with the use of the singular there.
    I think it is correct either way; I was simply expressing my preference.

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    Re: Olympic Games

    Okey dokey

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