The team of scientists were excited.

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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.
    – herisson
    Oct 19, 2016 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, 2016 at 16:47

1 Answer 1


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, 2016 at 17:47

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