Since Indian English uses "Collective is" I feel British English has adopted it after the colonial days. When did countries diverge on is/are and which countries use the British system?

  • No, British English uses the non-rhotic "are". – Hot Licks May 6 at 11:47
  • I don't think you can assume that current Indian English reflects the British English of the colonial era. I'd be surprised if collective are was that recent, because is - or rather the singular - always sounds wrong to me in sentences like Manchester United fails to qualify for next season's Champions League, and I think I'd have noticed if 19th century writers used that construction. – user339660 May 6 at 17:34
  • Also, if AmE allows it that suggests it was in use by the time of American independence... – user339660 May 6 at 22:20

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