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    Wesley Harry March 11, 2006, 8:56 p.m. (Message 44635)

    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!)
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    Volleyballjerry March 11, 2006, 9:07 p.m. (Message 44636, in reply to message 44635)

    In a message dated 03/11/2006 11:56:45 AM Pacific Standard Time, 
    xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xx.xx 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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    simon scott March 12, 2006, 4:44 a.m. (Message 44640, in reply to message 44636)

    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"

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