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Old May 22nd, 2018, 02:07 PM   #16
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Thanks Roger, that makes sense. But what about my other example? I see this frequently on various sites - using plural with a company, such as "Sony are entering a new market" where in the US we would say "Sony is entering a new market".

Perhaps this is the different between considering a company as a single entity vs. a group of people (in other words, "he" vs. "they")?
I think that the US and the UK would probably be the same, rather folks use of the grammar can vary. Sony could be considered a group entity so 'They are' would be appropriate whereas 'They is' would be poor grammar, where 'It is' would be appropriate. But Sony as a brand name would perhaps be 'Sony is', but Sony as a company could be 'Sony are'. Grammar is frequently used incorrectly both sides of the pond.

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Old May 22nd, 2018, 02:10 PM   #17
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You can also say; "Perhaps this is different" or "Perhaps this is the difference" but I could be mistaken as American English is not my first language. :)
One ball is black the other is red so they are 'different'. The 'difference' is that one is black and the other red :-)

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Old May 22nd, 2018, 05:58 PM   #18
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What it really is, is the stupid auto word function on most phones that "guesses" what you are going to type based on the previous word and it's often totally absurd what they come up with!!

I will end a message with kindest regards and when I hit the "C" to start typing my name you cannot imagine some of the weird suggestions that appear on the screen.

Whenever I see strange grammar on an online post you can be pretty sure the user used a phone with a mind of it's own! The voice to text engines on iPhones give even stranger words and grammar
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