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    singular vs plural

    Which of the possibilities would you use? (The first sentence is there only to provide context.)

    Since this structure parallels that of a government, a sports governing body may be likened to a sovereign state. The international federations may be viewed as the government of their sport and the national federations as autonomous communities with well-defined powers.

    The international federations may be viewed as the governments of their sport and the national federations as autonomous communities with well-defined powers.

    The international federations may be viewed as the governments of their sports and the national federations as autonomous communities with well-defined powers.

    I would go with number 2.

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    Re: singular vs plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Which of the possibilities would you use? (The first sentence is there only to provide context.)

    Since this structure parallels that of a government, a sports governing body may be likened to a sovereign state. The international federations may be viewed as the government of their sport and the national federations as autonomous communities with well-defined powers.

    The international federations may be viewed as the governments of their sport and the national federations as autonomous communities with well-defined powers.

    The international federations may be viewed as the governments of their sports and the national federations as autonomous communities with well-defined powers.

    I would go with number 2.

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    I would agree with you. There are various federations, representing different sports.

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    Re: singular vs plural

    How about of their respective sports?

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