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THE BRITISH ISLES

Dear Speak Up,
I have a question regarding your video about the rain in UK. The speaker says: “The British Isles has so much of it”.
Shouldn’t it be “the British Isles have (not has) so much of it?”
Antonella

Well spotted! “Isles” is plural so the verb should be in the plural too, right? Well, yes, in fact you are right! In standard grammar, the sentence should be “the British Isles have.” However, because those “British Isles” form a group (singular), some people, especially when speaking, might use the singular form.  It doesn’t sound unnatural in informal, everyday speech. That said, if you have to refer to the British Isles in an exam, it’s better to play it safe and use the plural! Sarah

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