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    Why 'the Czechs" and not 'the Czech

    I was hoping you could help me with this confusion of mine.
    Could you, please, tell me why in the following text 'the Czech' ends in 's'?
    The text is about a survey which took place sometime ago.
    'The Czechs and Argentinians thought of themselves as bad-tempered and unfriendly, but they turned out to be among the friendliest of all nationalities.'
    Is this because only a few of them (not the whole country) took a part in the survey?
    Or is there a new rule which I don't know about? We don't say now 'the Czech'?
    The text is from 'New English File' so there should be some meaning in that?
    Thank you in advance
    Last edited by elenah; 08-May-2016 at 04:50. Reason: a mitake

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    Re: Why 'the Czechs" and not 'the Czech

    'Czechs' ends in -s for the same reason 'Argentinians' does - they are plural forms. The Czechs (= the Czech people) and (the) Argentinians (= the Argentinian people) who took part in the survey thought of themselves ... .

    The singular form 'the Czech' has never been used to refer to more than one Czech.

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    Re: Why 'the Czechs" and not 'the Czech

    It also refers to the people who were surveyed, not all of the Czech people.

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