In this situation, where "The Committee" is a group of roughly 9 men, which sentence would be correct? (One man from the group did something)

Does the rest of The Committee know of this? Do the rest of the Committee know of this?

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    In "do/does the [X] know this", do/does should agree numerically with X. I'd consider "rest of the committee" non-count here: "does the ...". But if X was just "rest", it would normally be treated as a count noun, so assuming more than 1 member in the rest: "do the rest know this". – Lawrence Mar 13 '17 at 5:42
  • This question is still unanswered. Can anyone provide an answer? Lawrence, "do the rest know this" is different from "Do the rest of The Committee know this?" And I would put does in both honestly. – Millemila Apr 25 '18 at 21:56
  • Possible duplicate of and answered at subject-verb agreement with the head word "the rest": see @BillJ's response (in a comment) about the behaviour of quantificational nouns. There is also a notional consideration here (I'd use 'The committee are arguing heatedly among themselves', say). – Edwin Ashworth Jun 27 '18 at 1:18

This is s British English/American English issue, I should think:


  • Please summarize the argument. If the linked document is moved, your link will point nowhere and this answer will be far less useful. – Andrew Leach Jun 11 '17 at 21:10

Does the rest of The Committee know this?

The Committy is subject of the sentence; the word rest is the adverb since it tells us more about the committee: there are more members in it.

The verb conjugation follows the subject, here being The Committee, which is a singular third person (one can refer to the committee it as "it")

The third person singular of the verb "to be" conjugates as: DOES.
Hence, the right way of writing here is: Does the rest of The Committee know this?

I hope this helps you out?

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