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    Has or Have, It or They?

    Which of these is correct?
    England has played well today, even if it lost. Or - England have played well today, even if they lost.

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    Re: Has or Have, It or They?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Which of these is correct?
    England has played well today, even if it lost. Or - England have played well today, even if they lost.
    Both are possible, it depends on whether you see the England team as a unit or as a number of individual members.


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    Re: Has or Have, It or They?

    ...but "England have played well today, even if they lost." is preferable, because it is more personal: it avoids to use of 'it'.

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    Re: Has or Have, It or They?

    Quote Originally Posted by Excalibur View Post
    ...but "England have played well today, even if they lost." is preferable, because it is more personal: it avoids to use of 'it'.
    Agreed, that's how I would say it.

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    Re: Has or Have, It or They?

    With reference to national teams (sporting events, etc.), the plural form is by far the more common, whereas with reference to military contests, the singular is standard.

    Thus

    Italy have won the match.

    but

    Italy has lost the war.

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    Re: Has or Have, It or They?

    But they still sound odd to our North American ears. Like French, we prefer our collectives to be singular: La police a répondu. La France a gagné. Ireland has won.

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