Question about linking verbs.

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Post » Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:40 pm

Sorry this is a long post, but I felt like it may come in handy for some. :)

I've seen "are" and "is" being used in sort of a funny way, not only on these forums but many in other places in written speech, and I wanted to see if I could put to rest some of the confusion surrounding them.

Collection "is" singular.
Collections "are" plural.

Group "is" singular.
Groups "are" plural.

Squadron "is" singular.
Squadrons "are" plural.

Company "is" singular.
Companies "are" plural.

Google "is" a singular company.
Google "is" a singular noun.

Google "is" not plural.
Employees "are" plural.

Otherwise how do you differentiate between one group vs many groups, or between one company and many companies?

There is a difference.

One group "is" singular.
Many groups "are" plural.

Just as one company "is" singular and many companies "are" plural.

Otherwise it becomes confusing.

A person is made up of many cells.
Should we therefore say, "a person are a many-celled organism?"
No.

A playground is made up of many toys.
Should we therefore say, "a playground are fun to play on?"
No again.

A platoon is made up of many soldiers. Should we therefore say, "My platoon are really good?"
No, that would sound wrong.

So why do we say, "Google are a great company."
I think it should read, "Google is a great company."

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Post » Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:39 pm

STARTECHSTUDIOS wrote:So why do we say, "Google are a great company."
I think it should read, "Google is a great company."


Not sure I followed the intention of your post exactly, but I have to chime in about the end. We don't say "Google are a great company." (Who says that?) It's definitely "Google IS a great company."
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Post » Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:57 pm

Right, I say Google "is" a company, because "Google" (Google is a singular company) is a singular noun, but some say Google "are" great, which doesn't really make sense to me.

I was trying to help them with the understanding of why it should be 'is' instead of 'are'.

Sorry if the post was a little confusing. :))

:) :)
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Post » Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:52 am

Whta's the relevance to C2 and this forum?
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Post » Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:24 am

STARTECHSTUDIOS wrote:Sorry this is a long post, but I felt like it may come in handy for some. :)

Not a bad post, never thought about it like that.
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Post » Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:57 am

Thanks :).
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