taxons and orthography

Thomas Lammers lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Thu Mar 9 09:29:59 CST 2000

At 07:40 PM 3/8/00 -0700, you wrote:
>Jeeech.  Sir Lammers, would you say "General Motors was the largest
>company in the world", or would you say "General Motors were the largest
>company in the world"?

Yeah, I would go with the former.

Where's an English major when you really need one?

You know, this is something the grammarians have worked out
already.  Doesn't someone have a reference handy to cover this topic?

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
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