I saw this news headline:

Japan defeat Scotland to progress to RWC Quarter Final

Can country names be treated as plural nouns? This dictionary says it is a singular noun.

  • Can you edit your question to explain something about what leads you to think that country names can be treated as plural nouns? "Details, please." – Ben Kovitz Oct 14 '19 at 6:12
  • Oh, I think I figured it out: you must be asking why "defeat" agrees with "Japan". – Ben Kovitz Oct 14 '19 at 6:14
  • I wrote you an answer but since this question got marked as a duplicate, I posted it here. – Ben Kovitz Oct 14 '19 at 6:54
  • OK. Thanks. If this question should be deleted, please delete it. "India has or India have" is probably not an informative title, though. – quibble Oct 14 '19 at 7:02

In British sport journalism, teams are usually plural, and national teams are named as the nation.

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