Pronouns and the Tide. What to do?
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    Pronouns and the Tide. What to do?

    Is anyone else aware that the Crimson Tide is a singular entity? Why do all media of note say "the Crimson Tide are" instead of "is?" Doesn't anyone else remember the old trivia question about the Tide, Green Wave and the Stanford Cardinal? Anywho, even if I'm the last person on the planet saying it, I will always mentally correct print media, TV and forum submissions to say "the Crimson Tide is." I like that unique feature about our brand and object to the subtle correction others make, seemingly to drag us back into the pack.
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    Re: Pronouns and the Tide. What to do?

    It is singular and always has been. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Tide is singular and the plural word is TIDES! The Crimson Tide is a collective group. ONE GROUP! Just like a company is singular.

    This British English is dumb.

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    Re: Pronouns and the Tide. What to do?

    It's the way they do it across the ocean. Very trendy. The good old American way is not good enough.

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    Re: Pronouns and the Tide. What to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Relayer View Post
    It's the way they do it across the ocean. Very trendy. The good old American way is not good enough.
    Quote Originally Posted by JBama_in_PCOLA View Post
    It is singular and always has been. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Tide is singular and the plural word is TIDES! The Crimson Tide is a collective group. ONE GROUP! Just like a company is singular.

    This British English is dumb.
    Thanks guys. I'll rest easy knowing I'm not the only one.

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    Re: Pronouns and the Tide. What to do?

    The team is. The players are. That’s English 101.

    When referring to the vast majority of other teams who have plural nicknames, for example, the Bulldogs, “are” should be used because “Bulldogs” refers to both the team and the individual players. But our players are never “Tides”. “The Crimson Tide”, by definition, refers to the singular team. It’s the equivalent, using the above example, of saying “The Georgia Football Team” instead of “The Bulldogs”.

    “Are” is NEVER appropriate in the context of referring to the singular team.

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    Re: Pronouns and the Tide. What to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by PacadermaTideUs View Post
    The team is. The players are. That’s English 101.

    When referring to the vast majority of other teams who have plural nicknames, for example, the Bulldogs, “are” should be used because “Bulldogs” refers to both the team and the individual players. But our players are never “Tides”. “The Crimson Tide”, by definition, refers to the singular team. It’s the equivalent, using the above example, of saying “The Georgia Football Team” instead of “The Bulldogs”.

    “Are” is NEVER appropriate in the context of referring to the singular team.
    Exactly. You would never say "Alabama are going to win this game." So neither should you say "The Tide are going to win this game."
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    Re: Pronouns and the Tide. What to do?

    Y'all is very informative.

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    Re: Pronouns and the Tide. What to do?

    I’m sorry. Let me use British English.

    British English are dumb.

    (Since English is made of words and letters.)

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    Re: Pronouns and the Tide. What to do?

    Die Pupur Tide ist.....

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    Re: Pronouns and the Tide. What to do?

    "Manchester United are..." "Liverpool are..." "the Tide are..." ... yuck.

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