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What is the correct:

As physics know today or As physics knows today?

I would be inclined to use the first one, but isn't physics the science name, like a single not plural entity?

I am relating to the word semantics. The ending s on that word is not technically, a plural, or is a plural that was incorporated to form a singular word. Isn't it?

So, what do you think?

As physics know today or As physics knows today?

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The form

As physics knows today, ...

Is grammatically correct. "Physics" is the name of a single science or field of study, and so is singular, and takes singular forms.

However, this construction requires personifying "physics" which as a field of study, cannot literally 'know" anything. This is also not a very usual construction.

In my view, it would would be better to say something like

  • The consensus among physicists today is ...
  • Today, physicists generally believe ...
  • The current understanding of physics is ...
  • Current theories of physics state ...
  • Today, physics theories hold that ...
  • The current view in physics is ...
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  • brilliant explanation. That construction is valid in my natural language but in English that was bothering me as wrong. THANKS!
    – Duck
    Aug 23, 2019 at 6:43
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More context and detail about what you're trying to say would be helpful (like some examples of complete sentences). But I suggest:

As physicists (know / have learned / are aware), ...

Possession of knowledge is a trait more commonly attributed to living things than to fields of study.

That said, physics is a singular noun, despite the "s." The same is true for mathematics, but not for the physical sciences.

You can attribute human traits to non-living things if you know what you're doing. This process is called anthropomorphism, but I think that is beyond the scope of this answer.

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  • brilliant explanation. That construction is valid in my natural language but in English that was bothering me as wrong. THANKS!
    – Duck
    Aug 23, 2019 at 6:43

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