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    Default Brazin is/are playing Colombia in today's final

    A friend of mine asked me to conjugate the verb play in the following sentence:
    "Brazin ..... (play) Colombia in today's final".
    A teacher of mine conjugated it as is playing, but another chose are playing.
    I don't know which is correct but I'd prefer is playing.
    Please help me answer this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linhtho0211 View Post
    A friend of mine asked me to conjugate the verb play in the following sentence:
    "Brazin ..... (play) Colombia in today's final".
    A teacher of mine conjugated it as is playing, but another chose are playing.
    I don't know which is correct but I'd prefer is playing.
    Please help me answer this.
    Let me try:

    Brazil plays Colombia in today's final.
    Brazil is to play Colombia in today's final.
    Brazil is playing Colombia in today's final.
    Brazil is gonna play Colombia in today's final.
    Brazil will play Colombia in today's final.

    I am not sure if they are right or not, but a teacher certainly is.

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    Default Re: Brazin is/are playing Colombia in today's final

    Not a teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by linhtho0211 View Post
    A friend of mine asked me to conjugate the verb play in the following sentence:
    "Brazin ..... (play) Colombia in today's final".
    A teacher of mine conjugated it as is playing, but another chose are playing.
    I don't know which is correct but I'd prefer is playing.
    Please help me answer this.
    is playing is my choice

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Let me try:

    Brazil plays Colombia in today's final.
    Brazil is to play Colombia in today's final.
    Brazil is playing Colombia in today's final.
    Brazil is gonna play Colombia in today's final.
    Brazil will play Colombia in today's final.

    I am not sure if they are right or not, but a teacher certainly is.

    On the usage of verb "play", all sentences you wrote down are correct. At least it works for me.

    Explanation: in these sentences above, "the term Brazil" acts as an identical subject.
    In the case where "the term Brazil" does not act as an identical subject it must be considered as a plural noun. EX

    Brazil are arguing about something ...

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    In the case where "the term Brazil" does not act as an identical subject it must be considered as a plural noun. EX

    Brazil are arguing about something ...
    I honestly never heard of that, could you show an example from a magazine, a newspaper or something like that?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Brazin is/are playing Colombia in today's final

    Thank you very much. But I need a certain answer. Are both choices are correct? And which is more exact and usually used?

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    Default Re: Brazin is/are playing Colombia in today's final

    By the way, do you think that there's something wrong with the sentence? Does it need "against" before Colombia - "Brazil plays against Colombia"?

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