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    Question Is it "the Maldives is" or "the Maldives are"?

    I have always known it to be "the Maldives is" just like "the United States is" or "the Philippines is". Checked the academic sites and even they say "the Maldives is", including Berkley and Harvard. Thomas Cook has both versions with "is" and "are". Any thoughts?
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    Re: Is it "the Maldives is" or "the Maldives are"?

    I usually see "is".

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    Re: Is it "the Maldives is" or "the Maldives are"?

    I'd use the plural, but then I am a British English speaker and tend to do so.

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    Re: Is it "the Maldives is" or "the Maldives are"?

    Thanks! The Philippines, like the Maldives, is made up of several islands. However, it is a country. As a country, is it still correct to say "the Maldives are"? Even the Maldivian in the article said "is", but it looks like opinions are divided in this area. I was hoping to get something definitive.
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    Re: Is it "the Maldives is" or "the Maldives are"?

    Have you considered that there might not be anything definitive?

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    Re: Is it "the Maldives is" or "the Maldives are"?

    Let go of his account? Just do it his way, on his document. That's the business norm.

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    Re: Is it "the Maldives is" or "the Maldives are"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fischer View Post
    I just wanted to know whether he was right to say "are" is definitive
    It's clearly not definitive- there are differences of opinion and between variants.
    Last edited by Tdol; 04-Mar-2015 at 13:21.

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    Question Re: Is it "the Maldives is" or "the Maldives are"?

    Thanks, Tdol! Totally agree with you there.

    Would it be all right if I requested that this thread be deleted? It has gone off-topic, I think, and is making me feel a tad uncomfortable. Thanks.

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    Re: Is it "the Maldives is" or "the Maldives are"?

    I object to the deletion. This thread may have value to other learners.

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    Re: Is it "the Maldives is" or "the Maldives are"?

    I have tidied the thread up and removed some posts, leaving the language content.

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