OG11, verbal problem 123 : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
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# OG11, verbal problem 123

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The correct answer for a long question 123 says:
Holland spends a larger portion of its GDP on.... than the Unites States does on mlitary defense.

Question: why 'does' is used in above phrase? To my knowledge, 'The Unites States' is a plural noun, therefore it shall be written 'than the Unites States do...'
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13 Oct 2010, 07:41
Vorskl wrote:
The correct answer for a long question 123 says:
Holland spends a larger portion of its GDP on.... than the Unites States does on mlitary defense.

Question: why 'does' is used in above phrase? To my knowledge, 'The Unites States' is a plural noun, therefore it shall be written 'than the Unites States do...'

United States is singular. It refers to the country and not the individual states.
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17 Oct 2010, 18:09
lagomez is absolutely right here. "United States" is singular.

To take this one step further: The GMAT is an American test, so be sure you make collective nouns singular. Even though in Commonwealth English we would consider the following nouns to be plural, on the GMAT they are singular:

Family
Army
Team
Government
Everyone

In short: When in doubt, think singular!
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18 Oct 2010, 08:38
BKimball wrote:
lagomez is absolutely right here. "United States" is singular.

To take this one step further: The GMAT is an American test, so be sure you make collective nouns singular. Even though in Commonwealth English we would consider the following nouns to be plural, on the GMAT they are singular:

Family
Army
Team
Government
Everyone

In short: When in doubt, think singular!

Thank you Brett. This was helping. Can you also please clarify little bit on words ending with "ics" I have read the words ending with "ics" are singular but then last day I saw a sentence where word "statistics" was used as plural.
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