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A friend of mine tried to convince me that the expression "the doors is closing" is correct. It sounds completely wrong to me, but googling for it turns up some results.

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In most contexts it would be ungrammatical in Standard English. However, it might properly occur if ‘The Doors’ was the name of a play that was coming to the end of its run.

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Ok, I already thought so. Maybe she picked it up in the "The Doors" context. –  johnny Apr 7 '13 at 14:20
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Since rock bands can open concerts, at one time "The Doors is opening" was a grammatical and meaningful sentence (in AmE, at least). –  Peter Shor Apr 7 '13 at 14:22
    
The Doors is opening would not work in English English, if the noun is plural the verb should be correspondingly conjugated - it's strangely literal when it comes to band names. Jim Morrison is opening would work. However, there are a number of cafes in Amsterdam called The Doors (after the band), where the singular would apply. –  Lucas Apr 7 '13 at 14:58
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The Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds" had a pre-release ad campaign that featured the line "The Birds is coming." –  gmcgath Apr 7 '13 at 16:41
    
@Lucas: true, but the converse isn't: if the name of the collective is singular in form, it may (but doesn't have to) take a plural verb in BrE. –  Colin Fine Apr 7 '13 at 23:34

This is basic grammar.

Door (singular) + is.

Doors (plural) + are.

The only time you could consider using doors with a singular verb would be if you were referring to the band The Doors:

The Doors was a band in the 1960s.

(Although some would say "The Doors were a band....")

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Oh yes, sites like Wikipedia would say it. –  Mr Lister Apr 7 '13 at 15:07
    
I don't quite know what @MrLister means by that comment (arguably, there are no other sites like Wikipedia) but it sounds as if it was intended to be pointed. As Lucas points out in a comment above, most BrE speakers would say it. –  Colin Fine Apr 7 '13 at 23:40
    
Companies of people are often referred to in plural in BrE. The Who are, Manchester United are, IBM are, etc. –  MετάEd Apr 8 '13 at 0:32
    
@ColinFine Sorry, I just meant that Wikipedia does say "The Doors were a band..." (to show a real life example.) Wasn't trying to confuse anyone. –  Mr Lister Apr 8 '13 at 7:24

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