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    #11

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    Piscean, it always gets me when people call a dog's hind legs 'arms'.
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    #12

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    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    reigning champion sounds better than current champion. It has more of a magesterial feel.

    to reign means something like to be dominant. A champion is dominant like a king or queen.

    reigning events doesn't make sense.
    Does reigning champion also sounds better than the last champion?

    If it has more of a magesterial feel then can we say that who is a reigning champion then they are like last king of that field?

    Thank you.

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    #13

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    The "last champion" would be the person who was the champion before the reigning (current) champion.
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    #14

    Re: reigning heavyweight champion

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Does "reigning champion" also sound sounds better than "the last champion"?

    If it has more of a magisterial feel then can we say that who is a reigning champion is then they are like the current last king of that field?
    Note my corrections. Remember to put quotation marks around phrases that you're writing about.

    The last champion means the champion before the present one. The reigning champion is the current or latest one.

    Your second question shows that you understand the term "reigning" correctly. Reign originated to describe the term of a monarch and was extended metaphorically to apply to any title placing a person at the top of their field.
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    #15

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    The "last champion" would be the person who was the champion before the reigning (current) champion.
    But now the Premier League is still continuing. So is Leicester City the reigning one or last one or because the league haven't finished is the current one unknown?

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    #16

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    Yes, Leicester City is the reigning champion until this season finishes and another team becomes champion.
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    #17

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    Football supporters tend to say 'Leicester City are the reigning champions'.

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    #18

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Football supporters tend to say 'Leicester City are the reigning champions'.
    But why do they say champions instead of just champion?

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    #19

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    For the same reason as we use the plural 'are'.

    Football teams, like most (singular) group nouns can be though of as plural in British English.

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    #20

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Football supporters tend to say 'Leicester City are the reigning champions'.
    When I typed my post initially, I wrote "Leicester City are the reigning champions until this season finishes and someone else becomes champion". Even I thought that the combination of "are + champions" at the start with "becomes champion" at the end looked awkward. I then thought that "someone else" didn't work so I changed it to "another team". Somewhere in that mess, I decided to stick with "becomes champion" so I changed the start to the singular!

    Out loud, I'd have said "Leicester City are the reigning champions until this season finishes and another team become champions". I really wish I'd gone with that now!
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