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Equestrian is the only mixed-gender Olympic event.

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JimBreen JimBreen May 13, 2010 at 1:55 PM May 13, 2010 at 1:55 PM link Permalink

I don't like an adjective being used as a noun. How about "Equestrian events are the only mixed-gender Olympic events."

fcbond fcbond May 13, 2010 at 1:59 PM May 13, 2010 at 1:59 PM link Permalink

I had a look online and it is quite common 18,000 Ghits for "Equestrian is" vs 86,000 for "Equestrian events are". So I think I will leave it as is.

JimBreen JimBreen May 13, 2010 at 2:24 PM May 13, 2010 at 2:24 PM link Permalink

You can find examples of almost any whacko expression online.

Scott Scott May 16, 2010 at 1:41 AM May 16, 2010 at 1:41 AM link Permalink

Equestrian event definitely sounds better.

fcbond fcbond May 16, 2010 at 2:54 AM May 16, 2010 at 2:54 AM link Permalink

This is one of the places where the usage is different for experts and normal people. If you look at actual text written by Equestrians, they use Equestrian in the singular without an article to talk about the sport, in the same way we talk about Judo. They also use it with an article to refer to a horse rider.
See, e.g.
"In 1998, equestrian was classified as an NCAA emerging sport." in http://www.varsityequestrian.com/about.html

If you want to know more about weird article use read my book :-).

JimBreen JimBreen May 16, 2010 at 3:03 AM May 16, 2010 at 3:03 AM link Permalink

Re: If you want to know more about weird article use read my book :-).

I have! 8-)}