She likes to root for the underdogs

She likes to root for the underdog

I'm confused to decide which form to use here, plural or singular !


Here, underdog is used as a general term for a player or team that is not expected to win. It is not specific as is.

So I think one would generally say:

She likes to root for the underdog.

As for

She likes to root for (the) underdogs.

this may not be technically wrong, but it sounds odd and I don't think it is what anyone would say.

  • I'm glad you put the article in parenthesis. I agree that She likes to root for underdogs works better than the version that includes a definite article, as you have hinted in your answer. – J.R. Aug 9 '14 at 23:03

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