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January 18, 2018

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Joe Miller

The Google n-gram data are worth a look.

Joe Miller

https://books.google.com/ngrams/interactive_chart?content=the+united+states+is%2C+the+united+states+are&case_insensitive=on&year_start=1708&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t4%3B%2Cthe%20united%20states%20is%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bthe%20United%20States%20is%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BThe%20United%20States%20is%3B%2Cc0%3B.t4%3B%2Cthe%20united%20states%20are%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bthe%20United%20States%20are%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BThe%20United%20States%20are%3B%2Cc0

Scott Dodson

Interestingly, though treated as a singular noun for proper verb usage, "United States" is treated as a plural for possessive purposes. Thus, you don't ever add an "s" after a possessive apostrophe (like you would for, say, "Arkansas"). http://grammarist.com/usage/united-states/

Someone call Bryan Garner!

Deep State Special Legal Counsel

Speaking of "linguistic" change over time, since January 20, 2017, 12:01 pm we are either in Amurica or Murika. MAGA

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