Their sentences do not address our theme of collective nouns. Please follow our rules for pronouns, subject verb agreement and prepositions to help you with these sentences. The word population is a collective noun which, according to the author`s intention, can take either a singular verb or a plural verb. In our pop quiz question 3, we wanted to specify that the percentage represents a single group. In your example, the author intends to present the plural form, because the percentage should not be indicated as a group. 4. Our employees meet on Tuesday morning to discuss customer complaints. The staff, a collective group, acts in this sentence as a unit. The newspaper article is written correctly. The object of the penalty is 60%. The fractions and percentages can be singular or plural depending on the object of the preposition. In this case, man is the object of the preposition of. The verb must correspond to the plural people.

The good plural shape is want. If you are still confused, please read our article When to add to a verb. The plural verbs in the second sentence of examples may seem strange to some native speakers. In cases like this, if you`re not sure you`re using a singular or plural verb, you can add “members of” before the collective noun, and then use a plural verb, because “members” is plural. It follows that we are disoriented by the collective nouns, the reports (which includes the percentages) and the apostrophe. To further offend literacy, spelling has become an uncomfortable insignificance. Here are some other examples of collective nouns: family, team, jury, committee, organization, class, herd, army, council, group, public, panel, council, group, staff, stick, choir, orchestra. While the list above does not contain everything, you get the general idea. 12.

Use a singular verb with each and many of a singular verb. But I`m writing a friend`s book (a commentary on the book of the Galatians) and I came across a grammatical structure that is usual, but I just don`t know what`s considered right. My friend wrote: “The society these men kept were those who neglected the work of Christ and chose instead to justify themselves by the acts of the law.” Strictly speaking, “company” is the subject and should, because it is singular, adopt a singular verb. So it sounds a bit “wrong,” as he wrote. But the verb in the singular “was” to change, sounds even worse. I`m going to leave it like “were” because “it was,” it sounds horrible. I also find the use of the plural form with collective subtantes problematic. One of the examples cited (the team was satisfied with its presentations) raises the question of the use of “sound” as a preposition pronoun. If “the team” is considered a singular, then the correct pronoun would be to give “he” “The team was happy with its presentations.” This seems to me to be quite acceptable, even if the prepositional name “presentations” is plural.

This appears to run counter to the alleged principle that the case is based on plurality or not on prepositional-Nov.