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Should I say “there is a handful of…” or “there are a handful of…”? [duplicate]

I want to write that I have handful of somethings. Which of these is the correct form? There is a handful of somethings. There are a handful of somethings. Are both correct?
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3answers
385k views

My family *is* or My family *are*? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? Which is correct: The rest of the staff is or are? The rest of my family is or are? I've done a bit of ...
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1answer
201k views

Is “group” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? When I'm referring to a group of multiple things, should it be considered singular or plural for the purposes of ...
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5answers
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Is the word “management” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? Which one of the following is correct? Management gets its ideas from its employees. Management gets their ...
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4answers
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A pack of wolves run through the woods [duplicate]

Is the correct to say A pack of wolves run through the woods or is the correct English A pack of wolves runs through the woods The former sounds right. However, I think the subject is a pack ...
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1answer
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Company names, use of “have” and “has” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? Should company names be followed by "has" or "have"? It depends on whether a company is treated as a singular ...
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3answers
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Is there a singular-plural conflict in the song title “Terror Couple Kill Colonel”? [duplicate]

I'm not English-speaking, and I'm wondering about the title of the song by band Bauhaus - "Terror Couple Kill Colonel" "Kill" implies a singular subject, yet couple refers to multiple subjects. Why ...
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2answers
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Jury was divided or Jury were divided? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? Is “staff” plural? What is correct? The jury was divided or The jury were divided? I am told ...
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1answer
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Organisation - singular or plural? [duplicate]

In formal (not colloquial) English, is an organisation such as a sports club singular, plural, or is it discretionary? E.g. is it preferable to write "The X club WAS formed" or "The X club WERE ...
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2answers
9k views

Is a music band a singular or a collective entity, grammatically speaking? [duplicate]

Duplicate: Is the usage of “are” correct when referring to a team/group/band? What is correct to say? Korn* is a great band OR Korn* are a great band. (* You can replace your ...
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4answers
23k views

“Who is” or “Who are”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? When asking about the identity of a business/company, which of these is the most correct? "Who is [Company]?" or ...
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1answer
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“The committee has” vs. “the committee have” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? I have two statements like this: The committee has approved expenditure of hundred crores. The committee ...
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3answers
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'Team of economists': singular or plural? [duplicate]

I am writing an ad and would like to write: "Our team of economists are at your service and available by phone or email. They will be happy to respond...". I know that grammatically speaking, 'team' ...
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6answers
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In special cases, can you use “one such family are” vs. “one such family is”? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "one such family are..." as opposed to "one such family is..." in some circumstances? Say, for instance, as used in this article on gene families: [...] One such family are ...
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1answer
9k views

Can you use “team” in plural or singular only? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "The development team are seeing a new trend", when you're certain that the team consists of several members? Or, is the word team strictly singular in any context?
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1answer
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the rest of her family was or the rest of her family were [duplicate]

which is correct: a) she didn't mind a mild storm when the rest of her family were present b) she didn't mind a mild storm when the rest of her family was present
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2answers
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Destroy or Destroys [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? I came across a mocked up newspaper article earlier and there was a discussion about whether the following is ...
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1answer
6k views

The audience who or which? [duplicate]

If I want to say something like: The audience,...,who is deeply affected by her loss. Should I use "which is deeply affected by her loss." or "who is deeply affected by her loss."
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2answers
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Can the name of a country be considered a plural noun, as a collective of e.g. its citizens? [duplicate]

Brazil have Neymar. Argentina have Messi. Portugal have Ronaldo. Germany have a team! I read this on Facebook, and someone said the singular "has" is supposed to be there instead of the plural "have" ...
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0answers
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“group have” vs “group has” [duplicate]

Do you say: That group has dogs or That group have dogs I'm not too sure which one is right. I'm just confused because I'm not sure whether the word, group, is plural or not
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1answer
4k views

Would “Human Resources are excited or is excited” correct? [duplicate]

Would "Human Resources are excited or is excited" be correct?
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1answer
6k views

Which of these is correct? [duplicate]

Which of these film introductions demonstrate the correct use of English Grammar? I have used example (1), but have been taken to task for so doing. Eagle Films present Eagle Films presents
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2answers
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Whether to use “them” or “it” [duplicate]

I have a doubt about this sentence: "If your product arrives broken our Returns Department will organise a replacement as long as you contact them within 24 hours of having received the parcel." Can ...
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1answer
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Classification of Band as a Collective Noun [duplicate]

The band of musicians was playing.- here band is a collective noun. The musical band is popular among teenagers.- Can I say band is a collective noun in this context?
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1answer
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“Who has” or “Who have” when referring to a collection of people in a department [duplicate]

I have spoken with Education Unit who has requested a contract. I have spoken with Education Unit who have requested a contract. Which of the above is most acceptable in British English?
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“team of engineers IS standing by” or “team of engineers ARE standing by”? [duplicate]

Which is correct: "Our team of engineers is standing by" or "Our team of engineers are standing by"?
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2answers
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“Company is” or “Company are”? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if "is" or "are" would be correct. I've written what I'm trying to say in 2 different ways; one being option A and the other being option B. Option A: 'What is the name of the company? ...
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1answer
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Agreement of subject and predicate [duplicate]

can someone explain this rule to me, please? A few collective nouns (public,infantry etc) occur in the singular, but are followed as a rule by a plural verb, though a singular verb is also ...
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1answer
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is this sentence correct? the company are going to send me there next week [duplicate]

i would like to reply to your letter, which arrived two days ago, before leaving for Rome i was told yesterday that the company are going to send me there
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5answers
1k views

Make or makes, in this instance [duplicate]

'We are one, a global team that makes/make each other better.' Which would be the correct?
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2answers
1k views

The word Government is to be used as singular or plural [duplicate]

Government of Kerala has agreed Government of Kerala have agreed which is the correct usage
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2answers
1k views

Team is or Team are [duplicate]

Is it correct to say, the team that will be attending with me is listed below: or should I say the team that will be attending with me are listed below
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0answers
991 views

Team needs vs Team need [duplicate]

I want to inform other that one of the team require additional time to close a task. which one is appropriate Team needs more time or Team need more time
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1answer
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Collective nouns - singular vs. plural verbs? [duplicate]

What about "youth"? As in: "The youth of today is highly interconnected in many ways." vs. "The youth of today are highly interconnected in many ways."
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1answer
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I recommend that “Company X adopt” vs “Company X adopts” [duplicate]

What is the correct verb form to use here? I recommend that Company X adopt Y. or I recommend that Company X adopts Y.
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1answer
746 views

Would you say 'Google is' or 'Google are'? [duplicate]

Would you use the third person singular or third person plural when referring to an organisation like Google?
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1answer
425 views

Has or Have with name? [duplicate]

Which is correct? 1) Has their board voted yet? 2) Have their board voted yet? Or does it depend whether we are using American English (Has their board . . .) or British English (Have their board . ....
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1answer
665 views

Usage of “its” and “their” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? Is “staff” plural? When a political candidate gets an endorsement from a newspaper, the sentence ...
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2answers
176 views

“… the top ten issues that the voting public care about” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? Is “staff” plural? This feels wrong to me (sounds like it should be cares) but issues is plural and in the ...
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1answer
464 views

I am still confused about have or has [duplicate]

This is the sentence: "... Has established a committee who has/have been appointed as the custodians of ..." Do I use has or have? Do I use custodian or custodians?
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1answer
449 views

American English: collective noun + verb when collective noun is plural? [duplicate]

I'm struggling with grammar and the name of a group of clinics; let's say that there are five dental clinics colocated in the same building, and the name of that group is Foo Dental Clinics. There's a ...
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1answer
792 views

should I say 'a group of friends who lives close by' or 'a group of friends who live close by' [duplicate]

I'm attempting to design a worksheet for TEFL students. Here's one of the questions: 4) Your friend Tina who lives close by comes to visit you today. You want to ask her what she was doing when it ...
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1answer
367 views

what kind of TO BE VERBs can we use with nouns such as; police, army, fish, sheep? [duplicate]

If we consider them as plural nouns and sometimes as singular nouns.
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3answers
296 views

Present simple form for City/group of people [duplicate]

Let's say we have a group of people who starts an activity together. The name of group can be: York speaks English! - as York is 3rd person singular. But at the same time: York speak English! - as ...
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2answers
229 views

“Led Zeppelin was” vs. “Led Zeppelin were” [duplicate]

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. (Source.) Is "were" really the right word here? It feels like it should be "was". After reading the answers and my own searching, it ...
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1answer
203 views

Should corporations be referred to in the singular or plural? [duplicate]

I keep coming across articles, especially technology related ones, where corporations are referred to in the plural. Example, "Oracle have decided to make G1 the standard ..." or "Google have become ...
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0answers
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England is/are playing? [duplicate]

I have this doubt when it comes to sports and teams. Is it England is playing or England are playing? Similarly, is it "Arsenal is playing..." or "Arsenal are playing..."?
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1answer
242 views

The Team Thanks The Following Sponsors or The Team Thank The Following Sponsors [duplicate]

As we are printing the words behind our t-shirt, my friend insisted that the correct word is thanks instead of thank. Please advise
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1answer
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Which is correct: “Real Madrid compete very well,” or “Real Madrid competes very well?” [duplicate]

I think there's a difference in the ways in which sports announcers from the U.S. and U.K. refer to the teams. If my memory serves me correctly, I think announcers in FIFA from the U.K. will use forms ...
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1answer
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Is Football/Soccer/news lingo special? [duplicate]

While reading up on todays match, there was this line: Thomas Muller wants a penalty before Algeria counter and have a chance but Germany survive. Breathless!1 I would have written this as either ...

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