Linked by David Adams on Thu 1st Jul 2010 05:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft has killed the Kin after only six weeks on the market. The first Windows Phone 7-ish phone apparently didn't sell, likely thanks to its too-high-for-the-demographic $30 data fee from Verizon.
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RE: Face it
by nt_jerkface on Thu 1st Jul 2010 13:43 UTC in reply to "Face it"
nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

Microsoft have zero ideas how to actually succeed in the mobile space.


Microsoft is a single entity, there is no need for the plural form of has.

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RE[2]: Face it
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 1st Jul 2010 13:48 in reply to "RE: Face it"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

There is in British English (you know, the real thing ;) ).

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RE[3]: Face it
by nt_jerkface on Thu 1st Jul 2010 16:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Face it"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

You mean like this British guy:

Great Britain has lost an Empire and has not yet found a role.

Acheson, Dean


Brits sometimes incorrectly use the plural form in spoken word. Their own history and textbooks use the correct form.

Edited 2010-07-01 16:48 UTC

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RE[3]: Face it
by jaklumen on Mon 5th Jul 2010 00:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Face it"
jaklumen Member since:
2010-02-09

Blow it out your kazoo, Thom. I get this enough from actual Brits without a chime-in from Europe. Real thing or no, even British linguists admit British English is used sloppily; the U.S. has hardly cornered that market among those that believe Noah Webster was and is a heretic.

Back on topic: Kin, meet Zune.

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RE[2]: Face it
by license_2_blather on Thu 1st Jul 2010 18:04 in reply to "RE: Face it"
license_2_blather Member since:
2006-02-05

No need, maybe, but it's acceptable. "Microsoft" may be seen as an entity or as a group (plural).

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RE[3]: Face it
by nt_jerkface on Thu 1st Jul 2010 21:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Face it"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

No it is a single organization which requires the singular form.

You won't find a sentence like The East India company have in any classic British text. The current informal usage is grammatically incorrect.

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