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So, Bands: Plural or singular?
I.e Radiohead is brining out a new album
Radiohead are bringing out a new album
If you're English you use the singular; if you're American you use the plural; if you're me you flip-flop indiscriminately.
that Americans tend to think of group nouns as singular and Brits think of them as plural?
Trust argle, I guess. Feck if I know.
I'm actually right this once:
I prefer option two if the band are actually more than one person
option one(with an added g) if it's Final Fantasy or band with only one discernable member
you'd be very wrong to write "are" for a group noun - eg, if you say, "the government are" in French, that's a big no-no and common mistake. I once sat and read the BBC Radio Times Produced Guidelines for Spelling and Grammar (not an enthralling read...) and it says you should use the singular noun rather than plural. And also, you have to write out numbers up to ten in their full word, but past ten, it's ok to put 11, 300 etc. Apparently. But yeah, it sounds bloody stupid!
you can clearly imagine the Government as a single faceless entity
not so with Radiohead - so I challenge the so-called proper usage on those grounds
End of thread.
radiohead is a band, not radiohead are a band
...Radiohead 'is' a band, 'they've' played Glastonbury...
language continually evolves. burn your dictionary's
naturally is 'have you heard the new white stripes album?' vs 'have you heard the new the white stripes album?'