GDG- FW: CW Discrencies

ATMackeyJr at ATMackeyJr at
Sat Jan 21 21:45:09 CST 2012

Example:  Shelby claimed that it was the Civil War that caused the  
grammatical change from referring to "the United States are" to "the United  States 
is."  That's pure hogwash.  It was part of the evolution of  American 
English from British English.  "United States" is a collective  noun.  Even 
today, British English refers to collective nouns in the  plural, such as "the 
team are playing tomorrow."  In American English, we  now refer to collective 
nouns in the singular, such as "the team is playing  tomorrow.
Best Regards,
Al Mackey
In a message dated 1/21/2012 11:54:35 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
georgeconnell at writes:

Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:

Could you please document that  assertion?



On Jan 21, 2012, at 11:40 AM,  ATMackeyJr at wrote:

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> In a message dated 1/21/2012 11:33:44 A.M. Eastern Standard  Time,  
> CWMHTours at writes:
> I    was amazed at 
> Shelby being wrong.
> --------------
>  Shelby was usually wrong in that series.
> Best  Regards,
> Al Mackey
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