Singular vs Plural after a country name
Why do journalists use plural verbs after a country name like these examples: 1. "Brazil (are) in an excellent moment, they have confidence, it is easy to see." 2. As Spain (prepare) to defend their World Cup title next year...
I never see or hear this, but I am in the US. In these examples, Brazil and Spain are not being used as the name of the country. These are the names of teams and collective nouns.
There are no hard rules about the collective noun being used in the singular or plural case. In American English, it is most common to use the collective noun as a single unit, requiring the singular verb. In British English, it is more common to use the plural verb. If you think of Brazil or Spain in these sentences as many people, you might say “these players are in an excellent moment.”
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