In our opinion, common sense tells us that if the subject is one, one must use a singular verb. As we said in our blog Rules and Preferences, “we are all entitled to our preferences – even our prejudices – but explain them, everyone has to live, cross a line.” Collective nouns refer to individual entities composed of several individuals. Good writers will make the difference between the single group and its components: the team enters the playoffs. The team members go on holiday. The agreement or refusal of a grammar rule does not change anything. The rule of the sub-verb agreement on collective nouns is what it is ——— is “respectfully not” agreed. Since you used the singular verb is, the team acts as a unit. Therefore, use the unique possessive sound. Use the plural help verb do with the plural noun. Our article What Does vs.
What Do has more information about these confusing verbs. I do not respectfully agree with your use of the plural form when it concerns “team or staff.” Recently, I heard a national television reporter use a plural verb when he was referring to a married couple — she used it twice. This is what led me to deal with it, because it is at odds with what I learned in public school (1937-1950). I realize that language is developing, but I will continue to use the singular verb with all the collective subtantifs, and if I listen, it will continue to rub me on the nerves. What is the theme of the verb agrement for the collective names of team names, institutions or music groups, for example, say Metallica a new album or Metallica launches a new album, say, Led Zeppelin dissolves on or Led Zeppelin dissolves on, Manchester United plays today or Manchester United plays today, or Real Madrid sold Ronaldo or Real Madrid sold Ronaldo please for the question how many people? A typical answer is that my family has five people. A native speaker thinks it`s intuitive, even if he can`t tell you why. But in this case, my family has five people, would have been the right answer. But why? Families have more than one person, right? Nothing seems to confuse students more than choosing the right singular or plural verb to use collective nouns. What makes things even worse is that you can often choose between the two depending on the situation.
Take a look at the example below: a collective nobiss is a nostun composed of more than one person, an animal, a place, an idea or a thing. The family, for example, is a collective effort. It represents a unit or a group, but it consists of more than one person. 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! If the name acts as a unit, use a singular verb. In each of your examples, names act as units. For example, Metallica as a unit, not just some members of the band, is launching a new album. Therefore, all examples are used. Using the plural verb are because these two themes are by and connected. The subject of this rate is one per cent.
Fractions and percentages, such as team and staff, can be singular or plural depending on the next object of the preposition. In this case, the American is the subject of the preposition of. Since Americans are plural, one percent becomes plural in the sense. In the example sentence, the word “the” is useless, and the richest word seems to be an adjective that lacks a word to change.