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Grey Havens

May 24 2012, 9:28pm

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Are / Is

I'm aware UK uses "are" for collective singular entities, which I forgive. ;) But more of those bloggers in the US I keep talking about seem to be picking up the bad habit of thinking this is correct. They write, for example, "Google are a good company." Gah! Google is one company - singular.

Maybe it's the spell checker, but what's really appalling is that they also don't seem to understand that the choice of "a" or "an" before a word is PHONETIC and they do not directly depend on the actual letter that begins a word. They will write "an unique..." Ugh. Far, far worse are actual professionals who speak and write "an historic..." Very common mistake. Now, for the Brits with the accent that drops the 'h' in fronts of words such that they say "'istoric," I suppose that could get an "an" but, well, that's just an abomination. ;)

(This post was edited by JWPlatt on May 24 2012, 9:31pm)

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Post edited by JWPlatt (Grey Havens) on May 24 2012, 9:29pm
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