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Is staff plural?

It always sounds wrong to me when people refer to a proper team, group, band, etc. in plural form, e.g.:

Nirvana are the creators of grunge. The Avalanche are on the road to the Stanley Cup this year.

To me, this sounds correct:

Nirvana is the creator of grunge.

If the name is plural, it sounds correct:

The Foo Fighters are on tour this year.

What is the rule for this? I seem to be hearing this more and more these days.

marked as duplicate by Kosmonaut Oct 28 '10 at 22:31

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  • /agree.. "Nirvana are the creators..." sounds as bad as "The data are invalid..." to me. – Claudiu Oct 28 '10 at 21:11
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    I think that this is a duplicate of this question rather than this question. – Tsuyoshi Ito Oct 29 '10 at 2:10