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  1. Kimmyjayne

    Grammar... Who's right?

    My partner and I have been debating the following sentence for a couple of weeks now...

    "Having established themselves as the hardest working AC/DC tribute in the UK, Live/Wire bring a unique show to the stage by playing both the Bon Scott AND Brian Johnson eras with two very individual singers, in the same explosive performance!"

    I think that it is correct... he doesn't! He thinks that a band name cannot, in any way, be used as a collective noun and therefore the use of the word "themselves" is incorrect. He said that "itself" should be used instead.

    I know that both can be used but I'm having some trouble convincing him that a band name can be used collectively to represent more than one individual... especially in this case!

    So.... can anyone tell me who is right and can anyone provide me with some examples to look at please?

    Many Thanks.


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    Re: Grammar... Who's right?

    It's called notional agreement. It's more common in the UK to treat collective nouns as plural. In the US, it's more common to treat them as singular.

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