Warning: I’m about to get all “nerdy writer” on you.
There’s a trend that I’ve noticed over the past several years that has been driving me steadily more insane. It is a major pet peeve of mine, but I haven’t been able to properly deconstruct (and thus discredit) it until literally just this morning.
The trend is this: using a plural verb to describe the actions of a single entity, ostensibly because that single entity is comprised of several different people.
Here’s an example: “Microsoft have announced the XBox One.” Read more