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    Netherlands

    Hello guys,
    Do we consider "The Netherlands" as plural or singular?
    How would we say that in sports:
    Netherlands leads the game.


    Cheers!

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    Re: Netherlands

    I think it should be singular, like the United States, the United Nations, and so on and so forth, because you regard it as a whole entity.

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    Re: Netherlands

    *Not a teacher

    AmE would rather use the singular. Eg England was not that good at that WC. Talking more about the nation
    BrE keeps tending to the plural. Eg England were not that good at that WC. Talking more about the players

    You can perfectly notice the difference from reading the NYT and the Guardian.

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    Re: Netherlands

    I have never seen it writ 'Netherland'.

    To me, it's always been (The) Netherlands, or Holland.

    Netherlands beat Brazil 2-1.
    Germany thrashed Argetina four-nil.

    Go Germany!

    [not a teacher]

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    Re: Netherlands

    Go Netherlands!

    Cheers!

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    Re: Netherlands

    What? Are you supporting The Netherlands?

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    Re: Netherlands

    Yes.

    My three favorites were:
    Brazil, Argentina, and The Netherlands.
    The Neverlands deserves (not deserve, yes?) to win because they've never won a World Cup yet although they can play very well.
    Cheers!

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    Re: Netherlands

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Yes.

    My three favorites were:
    Brazil, Argentina, and The Netherlands.
    The Neverlands deserves (not deserve, yes?) to win because they've never won a World Cup yet although they can play very well.
    Cheers!
    If you mean the team, it should be deserve, no s.

    I just don't get it. Germany have been thrashing other teams, smashing them down...You Germans know no mercy... and you still support other teams?! Aren't you a genuine German?

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    Re: Netherlands

    Thanks, ok, so I won't use an -s when talking about a team.

    I was born in Germany, so I guess I'm a real German.
    However, I dislike the way they play.
    It doesn't look interesting to me.
    The Germans smash teams that have already given up.
    It's as if you keep kicking a guy who's already lying.

    I still believe if there hadn't been the lucky goal in the 3rd minute, it could have ended differently.

    And many Germans have already a very big mouth, and if Germany actually wins the World Cup, they (the citizen) would all feel like "heroes".
    They should come back down...
    (Sure it could be the same in other countries, but since I'm not there, I don't care )

    P.S: Does Brazil and Argentina speak the same language?

    Cheers!

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    Re: Netherlands

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    P.S: Does Brazil and Argentina speak the same language?
    Cheers!
    Abso-bloody-lutely NOT. When it comes to football, Brazil and Argentina are deadly enemies.

    They speak Spanish in the whole South America (Argetina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and other small countries) except for Brazil where people speak Portuguese!

    I have always admired Germany, the whole thing, culture, achievements and so on.

    I heard 72% of the German people speak English. Is that true?

    Just FYI, here in Brazil, only 0.6% speak other languages!

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