I usually see "is".
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?
Last edited by Fischer; 04-Mar-2015 at 07:06.
I'd use the plural, but then I am a British English speaker and tend to do so.
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.
Last edited by Fischer; 04-Mar-2015 at 07:10.
Have you considered that there might not be anything definitive?
Let go of his account? Just do it his way, on his document. That's the business norm.
Last edited by Tdol; 04-Mar-2015 at 12:21.
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.
I have tidied the thread up and removed some posts, leaving the language content.