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1. A group of doctors travels to Haiti 2. A group of doctors travels to Haiti. 1) Words that seem to refer to a group, but should be treated as individuals because they are grammatically singular. They are: 1. The team is on its way to the national finals since the victory of the national finals. The team is used as a cohesive unit, so a singular verb is needed. If the medical team is responsible as a group, not as individuals, they act as a unit, and the team is unique. Yes, furniture is a mass name.

It is considered singular and requires a singular verb. As we mention in Rule 9 of the subject verb agreement, a collective noun such as the company may, depending on the author`s intention, adopt a singular or pluralistic verb. Since the author has chosen to clarify companies as “those who” it seems that your friend prefers a plural interpretation. The sentence could be recast to avoid the collective question of the noun-verb: “A team trains. Two teams train. I don`t see what`s complicated. Singular subunity – singular verb; plural noun – plural verb. I read that the British as a group of units feel collective nouns, and that is why they use the prurial form with them. We can therefore conclude that grammar rules are not always based on logic.

You have found some delicate phrases, and we must be careful to choose the right rules to apply. The example of our site is taken from Rule 14 of the subject and verb agreement and deals with pronouns, those, those, or these, and how the verb must coincide with the noun before these pronouns. Purdue`s example does not include pronouns, those or those. Here is our article 2 of the search for subjects and verbs, which says: “A subject will stand before a sentence beginning with.” This theme is “group” and corresponds to the singular verb “contains.” Of course, group nouns, like other nouns, can also appear in plural forms (with a s). What`s the right phrase: “A flood of Tribune employees sign up for buyouts” OR “A flood of Tribune employees registers for buyouts.” I saw that title online today, and it`s wrong to say “characters.” I think the “tide” refers to the pluralistic collective of “humans”, the verb must adapt to humans rather than floods, even if this is the object of preposition. I`d like to know if my intuition is correct. Thank you! NOTE: From time to time, however, ics names may have a pluralistic meaning: we can talk about certain parts of this whole. In this case, we apply the same rule as for group members when we look at each member of the group (see section 3.3): We use a pluralistic verb.