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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    England will win, because they have...

    I think England will win the World Cup, because they have been playing well recently.

    Is it correct sentence? I'm not sure whether it should be "they" or "it". If I draw a parallel with my mother tongue and go for "they", it sounds OK.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: England will win, because they have...

    'They' is correct.

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    #3

    Re: England will win, because they have...

    "They" is correct in BrE, not AmE.

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    #4

    Re: England will win, because they have...

    What would you say, Mike?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: England will win, because they have...

    We would say "it". It is a singular noun.

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    #6

    Re: England will win, because they have...

    It's a well-known difference between BrE and AmE.

    Manchester United aren't going to win the league this year.
    The government are still hitting the poorest people where it hurts the most.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: England will win, because they have...

    Yes, a clear difference.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Mar-2015 at 11:17. Reason: tiny typo

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    #8

    Re: England will win, because they have...

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    We would say "it". It is a singular noun.
    You can use singular verbs and pronouns in BrE, but the plural is more common nowadays.

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    #9

    Re: England will win, because they have...

    We say Boston is going to win the pennant or New York is going to win the Superbowl.

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