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    #1

    Smile singular/plural

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    India have a chance.
    India has a chance.

    Which one of above sentences is correct?
    On what basis a country takes singular/plural verb?
    Please explain.

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    #2

    Re: singular/plural

    Quote Originally Posted by rajlakh View Post
    Dear sir/madam

    India have a chance.
    India has a chance.

    Which one of above sentences is correct?
    On what basis a country takes singular/plural verb?
    Please explain.
    "India has a chance" is correct.

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    #3

    Re: singular/plural

    Hi

    India has a chance. [third person singular]
    Indians have a chance.[third person plural]

    Best wishes

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    Re: singular/plural

    Quote Originally Posted by rajlakh View Post
    On what basis a country takes singular/plural verb?
    Please explain.
    India, a country, is a place. It's one unified thing, so it's treated as a singular noun.

    Basically in English, there is a group of nouns which can be either singular or plural depending on what you want to say about them. So for example, if we’re looking at the United States, the country, we would normally use the singular verb so for example – “The United States is a very big country.”

    However, if we’re thinking about the government in the United States we might want to use a plural noun - “The United States are a major power in the World.” This singular plural difference is one that we see reflected in a number of other nouns in English. For example, when we’re talking about the government we can say – “The government has won the election.” Or we can say “The government have won the election.” This depends if we see the government as a collection of individuals - “The government have won the election.” – or if we see the government as one thing - “The government has won the election.”

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    #5

    Re: singular/plural

    A very good explanation!

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    Re: singular/plural

    Happy New Year, Harry!

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    #7

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Happy New Year, Harry!
    Happy New Year to you too, Casiopea!

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    #8

    Re: singular/plural

    Snorhavor Nor Tari!

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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Snorhavor Nor Tari!
    I am always telling my friends that people speak Armenian everywhere in the world. Today I hope they will read your message and trust me forever. We are going to celebrate "Nor Tarin" together at my place.

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