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    singular vs plural in AmE

    Hamburg wins in Bundesliga

    Hamburg moved joint top of the Bundesliga after claiming a narrow win over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. Rafael van der Vaart converted a 64th-minute penalty after Leverkusen defender Arturo Vidal handled in the area to secure the home side their second consecutive 1-0 victory.

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    In AmE names of soccer, hockey etc. teams always take a singular verb (as it does in the title) unless they take "the" (The Boston Bruins win, but Boston wins). I wonder why "the home side" is followed by "their".

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    Re: singular vs plural in AmE

    Your question is about American English, but the article seems to me to come from a British source.

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    Re: singular vs plural in AmE

    "PA SportsTicker is America's leading real-time sports news information service provider, covering all major sports for the US sports fan."
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    To my best knowledge, names of soccer teams in BrE always take a pular verb and here "Hamburg" takes the singular verb "wins". If "side" refers to Hamburg, shouldn't it read: "...to secure the home side its second consecutive 1-0 victory."?
    Last edited by retro; 20-Aug-2007 at 05:19.

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    Re: singular vs plural in AmE

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    "PA SportsTicker is America's leading real-time sports news information service provider, covering all major sports for the US sports fan."
    PA SportsTicker

    To my best knowledge, names of soccer teams in BrE always take a pular verb and here "Hamburg" takes the singular verb "wins". If "side" refers to Hamburg, shouldn't it read: "...to secure the home side its second consecutive 1-0 victory."?
    Yes.


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