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    Question Economy vs economics


    Hello,
    Iíve always thought economics only means a science. The definition in the dictionary is not clear. Which is correct?
    a) To an outsider, the economics of this country seems to be in disarray.
    b) To an outsider, the economy of this country seems to be in disarray.

    TIA


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    Re: Economy vs economics

    Hi,
    It seems to me that b) the economy of this country seems to be in disarray, is correct. Economics is a science and is therefore universal. It does not apply to a particular country. Economy is the management and development of the resources of a country. According to the context(in which your sentences are used), sentence b) To an outsider, the economy of this country seems to be in disarray, is correct


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    Re: Economy vs economics

    Tnx, Raguilli. Since you've used "It seems to me", you are not 100% sure. I'd like to hear from more people, please.
    Tnx


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    Re: Economy vs economics

    That's fine.It will enlighten all of us.

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    Re: Economy vs economics

    economics (n. plural)
    Meaning 2: (used with a plural verb) financial considerations; economically significant aspects; e.g., What are the economics of such a project?


    a) To an outsider, the economics of this country seems to be in disarray.
    b) To an outsider, the economy of this country seems to be in disarray.

    Sentence a) is ungrammatical because the subject is plural ('economics') and the verb is singular ('seems').


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    Re: Economy vs economics

    Tnx, Casiopea,
    Actually the core of my question was not the subject - verb agreement (BTW my Hornby says economics is used with sg verb), but the correctness of the collocation the economics of the country.
    I can see no close similarity to the economics of the project. I wish I could find more examples with the collocation. I'll try to google. If I had the BNC...
    BTW on July 26, 2004 Tdol said:
    Economics is the study of the economy. Full stop.
    Regards

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    Re: Economy vs economics

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    If I had the BNC...
    Is this what you're looking for?
    http://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/
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    Re: Economy vs economics

    Tnx, Philly. Do you use it yourself, too?

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    Re: Economy vs economics

    Hi Humble
    I find it quite useful for examples of British usage. Especially "odd" British usage such as using "immediately" and "directly" as conjunctions...
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    Re: Economy vs economics

    Philly, I'm frustrated - I entered the BNC site using your link, tried to get examples with Economics but failed to find the way (thick as a brick). If there's any way you could prompt, please send me a private message. If it's all difficult, it's ok, I'll survive :)

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