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    #1

    Reduced tax

    Would you please correct my mistakes in the following sentence. I am wondering if the word "tax" should be in singular as I wrote it, or plural, "taxes".

    The British Government have reduced tax for the low-earners.

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    #2

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    I would use "taxes" and would delete the second "the".

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    #3

    Re: Reduced tax

    I'd say

    The British Government has reduced income tax for the low-paid' ('for low-earners' is good, too).

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    #4

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    Rover, I am just curious. I thought that BrE speakers use the British Government as a plural subject. Am I wrong?

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    #5

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    I go with the majority. Click.

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    #6

    Re: Reduced tax

    We use either singular or plural, Mike. Depending on whether we want to talk about them as a malign entity or as a collection of malign individuals.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    The malignness is a constant.

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