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Where is the Royal Scottish Dance Society

Message 44635 · Wesley Harry · 11 Mar 2006 20:56:12 · Top

A lot will depend an the audience. If you are speaking (writing) to
non-dancers, surely you would refer to the Royal Scottish Dance Society,
i.e. singular. But if using RSCDS (speaking to people who know what the
acronym means), then the organisation indicates a plural. However,
"Where is the RSCDS?" would mean where are they at this time - but "Where
was the RSCDS?" meaning where were they then?
Wesley
(Just throwing another spanner!)

Where is the Royal Scottish Dance Society

Message 44636 · Volleyballjerry · 11 Mar 2006 21:07:08 · Top

In a message dated 03/11/2006 11:56:45 AM Pacific Standard Time,
wesharry@tiscali.co.uk writes:

> "Where is the RSCDS?" would mean where are they at this time - but "Where
> was the RSCDS?" meaning where were they then?
> Wesley
> (Just throwing another spanner!)
>
>

The question wasn't "where is..." vs. "where was..." but rather "where
is/was.." vs. "where are/were..."

And of course for us the "spanner" would be a wrench, and in this particular
expression a monkey wrench. (:->)

Robb

Where is the Royal Scottish Dance Society

Message 44640 · simon scott · 12 Mar 2006 04:44:09 · Top

The RSCDS .. "IS" It is a single organization
RSCDS dancers, members etc .. "ARE" As a collective group.

USA as the name of a country .. "IS" It is a single country.
USA as a collective group of States .. "ARE"

In a message dated 03/11/2006 11:56:45 AM Pacific Standard Time,
wesharry@tiscali.co.uk writes:

> "Where is the RSCDS?" would mean where are they at this time - but
> "Where
> was the RSCDS?" meaning where were they then?
> Wesley
> (Just throwing another spanner!)
>
>

The question wasn't "where is..." vs. "where was..." but rather "where
is/was.." vs. "where are/were..."

And of course for us the "spanner" would be a wrench, and in this
particular
expression a monkey wrench. (:->)

Robb

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