You’re two tents

I have a feeling I’m about to expose my ignorant Americanism – but that’s OK. I like getting news from the BBC, but they seem to have some trouble getting their verb tenses right.

The couple need? China win? I’m pretty sure those are both collective plurals, so that there’s only one couple, and there’s only one China. It sounds like the BBC writing staff “need” some grammar lessons.

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2 Responses to You’re two tents

  1. Arnold says:

    Actually, they are correct . . . for British English, though even, among themselves, they have varying views.

    Check the BBC Styleguide here, then click on “Collective Nouns”: http://www.bbctraining.com/pdfs/newsstyleguide.pdf

    (Putting the colon outside the quotation mark was another Britishism.)

  2. Josh Justice says:

    As a software developer, seeing you put the colon outside the quotation mark is like a breath of fresh air. Now I have an excuse to do so =]

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