Root for the underdogs or Root for the underdog


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 !


Posted 2014-08-09T05:29:17.957

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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.


Posted 2014-08-09T05:29:17.957

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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. – 2014-08-09T23:03:14.887