Poll: ARE or IS?
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45 56%
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#1
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Do you refer to bands in the plural or singluar form? As in:

Led Zeppelin ARE playing next weekend

or

Led Zeppelin IS playing next weekend?


Its a grammatical dilema

What does the pit think?

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#2
Zepplin? are they a Zeppelin tribute band or something?

and its singular
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#5
I use the plural, but thechnically it should really be the singular. It's like a collective noun - something like Government.
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#6
Dilemma? Its plain English. A band isn't one person. Therefore; plural.
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#7
Depends on the name. If the band name is The *insertstupidnounhere*s, and is plural, then I say they ARE.
If it's like... let's say Necrophagist, I'll say "Necrophagist is playing."
#8
I usually refer to bands as plural.

"Dream Theater are fucking ace. Their guitarist is kickass."

Etcetera.
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#9
Look at it this way: Led Zeppelin are playing. Jimmy Page is playing.
#10
I think I usually say IS. even though are is probably more correct
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#13
Singular unless the band name is plural.

Ex. Rush is playing.
The Arctic Monkeys are playing.

Note: I am not implying that I like the Arctic Monkeys, they are just the first plural band name that came to mind.
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Dilemma? Its plain English. A band isn't one person. Therefore; plural.


wow you're plain english isn't too good then...

a group is singular, however if you say "Jimmy Page, Robert and the guys are playing next week" then it is plural.

you don't say "Where are the CIA located?" you say "where is the CIA located"

just because its a group of people doesn't mean its plural.
#15
I'd go with the plural, though I don't mind if people use the singular. What's more important to me is correct spelling when it comes to thread titles.
#16
Since you are referring to ONE band, then I would say is, unless the name makes it plural

so it would be like

Led Zeppelin IS playing today

The Killers ARE playing today

just depends on how their name works
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I'd go with the plural, though I don't mind if people use the singular. What's more important to me is correct spelling when it comes to thread titles.


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#22
If the band name is "The ______s", as a plural unit, you refer to it as such. (The Beatles are playing)

If the band name is "______" (or occasionally "The ______", as a singular unit, refer to it as such. (Audioslave is playing)(The Wave is playing)

However, it depends what you say.
Singular:
Audioslave IS playing
They ARE awesome.

It's strange, really. A band is occasionally referred to as a single unit, and also as a band of people. It just depends.
#23
I say is, but i think are sounds more correct. But then i suck at english too.
#24
Singular collective nouns are singular

example:

The class is in room 206.
The team is playing a game.
Led Zepplin is playing tonight.

Plural collective nouns are plural

example:

The classes are in room 206.
The teams are playing a game.
The bands are playing tonight.

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#25
I do it by how many people are playing, if it's just one performer, I use is, if multiple people in the group I use are.
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#28
I say 'are'. The way I see it is they are a group of people but it still doesn't seem right to categorize them like say a flock. You'd say "The flock is moving" but not "the flock are moving", but to me it doesn't seem right for a band. Then again, some people argue that a band is not people, it is an entity in it's own. A lot of musicians seem to say that in interviews and stuff.
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"The Beatles are playing"
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It depends on the band

You mean good bands are plural?
#30
Plural!
They're people, not a thing.

It get's right on my tits when people do that, whether it be 'Led Zeppelin is playing' or 'Led Zeppelin rocks' [as opposed to 'rock', obviously]
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#31
We had an entire english lecture on this. Bands are singular because there is only one of them. Dream theater are playing means there are more than on edream theater playing. The is sounds wierd and nobody likes to use it right but technically all bands are singular.
#32
To be honest, I think that using the singular is correct.

If you say that a band is doing something, you refer to the group (which is singular), not the people in the group (which would be plural, of course).

Still, I use the plural. Don't ask me why, it just kind of "feels" better.