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    verb form and acronym

    If an acronym (e.g.: EGR for Extensive Green Roofs) reflects a plural, but is not itself a plural (i.e.: no "s" on EGR), does EGR take a singular or plural verb form? Should I say
    "EGR have a shallower substrate" or "EGR has a shallower substrate"?

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    Re: verb form and acronym

    I am not an English teacher, but I wish I were!

    What a good question! I cannot direct you to a definitive source for an answer. However, based on my work as an editor, I would use the verb form that agrees with the acronym. Thus, a singular EGR would take singular "has," and EGRs would take the plural "have."

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: verb form and acronym

    In my view the acronym should not be used as a subject if it has a plural built in. I've never seen one that looks correct that was pluralized. UN, NATO, NGO, BBC, CBC, ABC, no, I think it may be an error that introduced the plural into the acronym. Surely you can say an EGR meaning an Extensive Green Roof, in any case. An EGR, Some EGRs, etc.

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