Subject Verb Agreement With Collective Nouns

How do you know that work, not works, is plural? Think about the word you would use with him and the word you would use with them. So you should say, “Ninety days in prison have been ordered.” Or avoid those sticky areas with “The accused was sentenced to 90 days in prison.” I was wondering if you could help: eating and sleeping, is it where are they? Running and jumping is/are? My mother goes to the movies with her friends. Thank you very much! 2. The Mock-Trial team was/was satisfied with its presentations to the judge. The word group is a collective name. Collective names can be difficult, as it is up to the author of the sentence to determine whether the name acts as an entity or whether the whole indicates more individuality. In your sentence, if there is a program and you want to emphasize that the school group meets as an entity to sponsor the program, you should write “Carmel Group of Schools invites you…” If you want to point out that all three schools are sponsoring the event, write “Carmel Group of Schools invites you invite you…” I ask, because although “men” is plural, “one of men” displays a singular object that would require the use of a singular verb. The key word in your penultimate sentence is “prefer.” Maybe you want to read our most recent blog on the subject: Rules and preferences. We understand why certain words can rub our nerves or ears when they are different from what we have learned and used over the years. The Chicago Manual of Style advises: “A mass noun (sometimes called a non-count noun) is someone who designates something incalculable, either because it is abstract {cowardice} {proofs} or because it refers to an indefinite set of people or things {the Faculty} {the bourgeoisie}; the latter type is also called a collective name.

As the subject of a sentence, a mass noun normally takes a singular verb {the dispute is variable]. But in a collective sense, it can take either a singular form or a plural form {the ruling majority is unlikely to share power} {the majority are non-members). A singular verb emphasizes the group; A plural group highlights the different members. If we use a mass noun (such as “furniture,” which usually adopts a singular verbage) but we are talking about two or more units, should we use a singular or plural verbage? – Two pieces of furniture are available. – Two pieces of furniture are available. The theme of your sentence are pieces. Therefore, the verb must be plural (are) to match the subject. The rule to which you refer applies only to sub-words of how much, some, all, etc., which are singular or plural, depending on what they relate to in the sentence that is normally the subject of the preposition of. This raises a more important point. The English plural is increasingly used for all collective nouns. (This is published in AP press releases, local newspaper articles, NYT articles, on-screen teleguide descriptions of cable programs.) It seems that this is the beginning of an incremental approach to using English grammar rules rather than American grammar rules. But I`m working on a friend`s book (a commentary on the Galater book) and I came across a grammatical structure that`s common, but I just don`t know what`s considered right.

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