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The team of scientists were excited.

marked as duplicate by tchrist Oct 19 '16 at 18:25

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    I assume the question is about the use of the plural verb "were" after the singular noun "team." In that case, you should find the answer here: Can you use "team" in plural or singular only? If your question is about something else, please edit it to make it clearer what you want to know. – sumelic Oct 19 '16 at 16:46
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    Depends on if you'd say "the team are" (which is predominantly British usage) or "the team is" (which is American standard). – Hellion Oct 19 '16 at 16:47
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It is incorrect, as "were" is modifying "team".

In the sentence, "The team of scientists were excited", the subject is "team" and the verb is "were". Thus, as the subject is singular the verb must also be singular. With this fixed, the sentence would be: "The team of scientists was excited".

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    This is wrong. Please see Hellion's comment above and consider editing your answer. Collective singular nouns may take plural verbs, especially if the members of the collective are acting individually. – deadrat Oct 19 '16 at 17:47

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