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owlishmonstrosity
Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 5:53:28 AM
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When is/are the next Olympics?
The Olympic Games are...
When is it singular? When is it plural?
Can anyone explain the usage, please?
srirr
Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 6:11:03 AM

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Olympic Games are always taken in plural as there are several sporting events.
Olympics is shortened version of Olympic Games. (Notice the use of "is" here. Here "Olympics" is taken as a term, not related to the games.)
Olympic is an adjective which has its roots in Olympia (Greece) where first Olympic Games were held.

** EDIT: Olympics Games is incorrect. It should be either "Olympic Games" or "Olympics".
blue2
Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 7:38:39 AM

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"The Olympics" on its own can be taken collectively as an event like a fair or festival and in that case take a singular verb. It is not necessary though.
Personally, I prefer to use the plural, possibly because "The Olympics" just sound plural and so it is seems more natural.
excaelis
Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 3:55:36 PM

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Technically they are 'The Games Of The Nth Olympiad'; I'm hoping pedantry will be a demonstration sport next time !
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