Should I use A Singular or A Plural Verb with Collective Nouns such as government, committee and family?Such nouns are used to refer both to a whole group as a singular entity and to the members of the group. The context may therefore require flexibility. You might write: • The committee has now come to a decision.But you could hardly use a singular verb in this sentence.• The committee have now taken their seats. (WRONG)A pedant might insist on writing : The members of the committee have now taken their seats.In some contexts it is natural and idiomatic to use a plural verb with a noun which is singular in form:• I have invited my family to tea and they are coming on Friday• Leeds United are winning. They have just scored. Related Links:• How do I know when to put An Apostrophe in it's?• Is it an hour or a hour?• It is raining. Can this sentence stand alone as grammatically correct?• Is the word Data singular or plural?• Is the word Agenda singular or plural?• Is it acceptable to use THEY instead of HE or SHE? • Should I use A Singular or A Plural Verb with Collective Nouns?• Should I write : A Number of People is or A Number of People are?• What are the Plurals of octopus, hippopotamus and syllabus?• What is a Split Infinitive and why should I avoid using one?• The Word for The Whole that is Greater than the sum of the parts is ...• When should I use LESS and when should I use FEWER? • Which is correct : a European not an European? • Which is correct in this sentence : Lay or Lie? • Which is correct: My Friend and Me or my friend and I?• Which is the correct spelling : Oriented or Orientated?
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