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Posted By: Rowan
13-Aug-08 - 06:29 PM
Thread Name: Divided by a common language
Subject: RE: Divided by a common language
One distinction is the treatment of certain collective nouns:
English- Army are, American- Army is. Etc.


This prompted a memory of an historian, (from South Carolina?) interviewed in Ken Burns' "Civil War" series, who asserted that this linguistic idiosyncracy was an important part of the recovery after that conflict. He ventured that, before the Civil War (or insert your favourite euphemism) the expression was always "the United States are...." whereas after that conflict the expression was always "the United States is...."

And, as Gurney implies, in Oz we're so inundated from both sides of the Atlantic pond that we're expert translators.

Cheers, Rowan