Date: Tue, 7 Mar 1995 10:47:00 EST From: Electronic Products Magazine <0004276021[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MCIMAIL.COM> Subject: Re: the Ozarks and other plurals An Irish colleague tells me that the British use of "their" instead of "it" to modify collective nouns is just a matter of how people think. In the British world, a company or a nation is thought of as comprising people--therefore the plural. In the U.S., we sometimes think of a company as a, well, corporate unit, hence an "it." "Trades unions," my friend reports, are in the British world unions that comprise many trades. A "trade union" would be a union for one trade. Usage I guess has a lot to do with counting, a mathematical approach to grammar. Leonard Schiefer Chief Copy Editor Electronic Products Magazine lschiefer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]