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The jury (takes / take) their seats in the courtroom.

I understand that 'the jury' refers to a singular group but does this apply when it is referred to as a plural in 'their'? Thanks.

marked as duplicate by user66974, tchrist, oerkelens, Nicole, Chenmunka Mar 19 '15 at 19:06

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  • Please see previous related questions on this same site. This has been dealt with before. – Kris Mar 19 '15 at 10:57
  • Generally speaking, "jury" is singular (in the US). Use "members of the jury" to refer to the individuals. – Hot Licks Mar 19 '15 at 12:28
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    I don't believe this is a duplicate. As I interpret the question, it's whether, in AmE, you can say "the jury takes their seats", or do you have to say "the jury takes its seats" or "the jury take their seats", and if so, which? (In British English, it's clearly "the jury take their seats".) Neither of the supposedly duplicate questions addresses this issue. @Faith: If I'm correct, I'd suggest rewriting the question so it's clear what it's asking. Otherwise, it will get closed as a duplicate of questions that don't actually answer it. – Peter Shor Mar 19 '15 at 12:51
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It can not be 'Their jury' but the jury can have 'Their judgement'

The jury, which although is a physical group, is grouped up to being a singular noun, we know it to be more than one, but they are a collective, a single entinty that has to decide as a team an outcome at a court hearing.

Similar to how you have a multitude of sheep, but we don't say 'sheeps' they are a herd, a single group.

  • Sheep is singular or plural. Jury is (grammatically) singular; there can be several juries sitting in the same court house. So there is a difference between jury and sheep. – fdb Mar 19 '15 at 12:23
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    @fdb - Though in some cases the similarities are substantial. – Hot Licks Mar 19 '15 at 12:27
  • Welcome to ELU. But this doesn't answer the question. The OP never asked whether you could say "their jury". I think the question is which of the following is correct: "the jury take their seats", *"the jury takes their seats", or "the jury takes its seats". (And it depends on whether you are speaking AmE or BrE.) – Peter Shor Mar 19 '15 at 12:38

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