Linked Questions

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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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12answers
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Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular?

I'd say Microsoft have a way of bending the rules and I know that McLaren have won the championship. While this sounds strange, I believe it is correct English (sorry, I'm not native). But when it's ...
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7answers
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“A variety of X is” vs. “a variety of X are”

Which of the following sentences is correct? A variety of dishes are being prepared. A variety of dishes is being prepared. I believe that both can be used, though I'd stick with the ...
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A battery of tests is/are

This is from a recent article: He was rushed to the hospital immediately and a battery of tests was conducted. Now shouldn't it be He was rushed to the hospital immediately and a battery of ...
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7answers
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Subject–verb agreement — two schools of thought?

I wrote a sentence for our web site that was submitted for proofreading. The proofreader "corrected" my sentence. I asked how sure he was that he was correct and that I was incorrect. He explained ...
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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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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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3answers
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A combination of government initiatives (plural or singular)?

Does the subject a combination of government initiatives take singular or plural agreement? A combination of government initiatives has resulted in positive changes? or A combination of ...
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1answer
687 views

Mass of people its/his/their

In a phrase where the subject is "mass of people", should I use "its"? e.g. A mass of people and its flag. Mass is an abstract word, so it sounds strange to me to use their; but I'm not sure. ...
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A younger generation of men follow or follows? [closed]

Could you explain to me which is correct? A younger generation of men follow . . . A younger generation of men follows . . . Could you also explain why? I was thinking that the bit that cannot be ...
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1answer
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has vs have on a singular noun that represents a plural idea [duplicate]

In the sentence: I suspect 99% of the world’s population has never even heard of the term ‘Deep Learning’. is the 'has' correct, or should it be 'have'?