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dairydead

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

Postby dairydead » Thu May 02, 2013 9:01 am

So, this has been bugging me for a while. Do we have any English scholars on this site? I've been trying to figure out how the correct way to phrase a possessive noun in certain sentences.

For example:
is it " Nintendo are the most family-friendly video game company out there today"

or, "Nintendo is the most family-friendly video game company out there today"

I see the first example increasingly almost exclusively on gaming and comic sites. I've always understood the second as correct, but I'm willing to be proven wrong.
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nietoperz

The Goddamn Bat-min

Postby nietoperz » Thu May 02, 2013 9:04 am

It's 'is.' Nintendo is a company, singular.

For it to be plural, the sentence would have to be something like, "The staff at Nintendo are the most family-oriented..."
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StarCruncher

Outhouse Drafter

Postby StarCruncher » Thu May 02, 2013 9:06 am

I agree with Nieto's assessment.
(My undergrad degree is English - it am so useful.)
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nietoperz

The Goddamn Bat-min

Postby nietoperz » Thu May 02, 2013 9:33 am

outsider wrote:I agree with Nieto's assessment.
(My undergrad degree is English - it am so useful.)


Same here! (And my Masters as well. Oy.)
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bkthomson

Rain Partier

Postby bkthomson » Thu May 02, 2013 9:38 am

Just do not ask questions about commas then they break out the knives.
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Chesscub

WTF is this rank?

Postby Chesscub » Thu May 02, 2013 9:40 am

bkthomson wrote:Just do not ask questions about commas then they break out the knives.


Commas : the pause that refreshes.
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nietoperz

The Goddamn Bat-min

Postby nietoperz » Thu May 02, 2013 9:52 am

Chesscub wrote:
Commas : the pause that refreshes.


Commas: the pauses that refresh! :x
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bkthomson

Rain Partier

Postby bkthomson » Thu May 02, 2013 9:52 am

Chesscub wrote:
Commas : the pause that refreshes.


Yeah, and Jude, Super and Nieto will have a ten page debate on the use of it. :D
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Chesscub

WTF is this rank?

Postby Chesscub » Thu May 02, 2013 9:53 am

nietoperz wrote:
Commas: the pauses that refresh! :x


:P

Do proctologists work with semicolons?
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nietoperz

The Goddamn Bat-min

Postby nietoperz » Thu May 02, 2013 9:55 am

bkthomson wrote:
Yeah, and Jude, Super and Nieto will have a ten page debate on the use of it. :D


Jude is all about the Oxford comma, for some reason. :smt102
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dairydead

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

Postby dairydead » Thu May 02, 2013 9:57 am

That's what I thought. No one likes a grammar pest, but I see it more and more. I've been told that its the proper British way of saying things, but that sounded dubious to me.
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StarCruncher

Outhouse Drafter

Postby StarCruncher » Thu May 02, 2013 10:07 am

Semicolons are the shit; more people needs to rekanize they're wroth.
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Keb

<( ' . ' )>

Postby Keb » Thu May 02, 2013 10:21 am

nietoperz wrote:
Jude is all about the Oxford comma, for some reason. :smt102

inorite!

We've had some serious Skype debates about this stuff, and to be honest, he just doesn't know when to quit.
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dairydead

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

Postby dairydead » Thu May 02, 2013 10:28 am

I've been trying to mess with semicolons a bit more recently.
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Chesscub

WTF is this rank?

Postby Chesscub » Thu May 02, 2013 10:30 am

dairydead wrote:I've been trying to mess with semicolons a bit more recently.


That's what she said! :groucho:

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