Now, how can we better determine when to use a plural verb with our collective subversives and when to use a singular verb? «The 2012 Senior Class announces its starting exercises.» I would like to know from the «group of schools invites» or «invite» for a few occasions. Our school will have a program, and we are part of two other schools, or rather, it is a group of schools…. What should be used as a verb arrangement? Carmel group of schools invites you or carmel group of schools invite you to a…….. Note that the collective nouns use a singular verb in American English, but one plural in British English. In your sentence, the word staff is a collective Nov that acts as a unit. This is why, in American English, it is treated as a single name and uses the singular verb meets. However, in British English, staff would not be considered a forgery. I am a researcher and I want to know the most common errors in the agreement between subjects and verbs, and I would like to have a part of the theoretical and conceptual framework of your book. I will use it as a reference. That is a more important point. The English plural is used in more and more instances for all collective names. (This appears in ap press releases, local newspaper articles, NYT articles, on-screen TV instructions for wiring programs.) It seems to be the beginning of an incremental approach to the use of English rules of grammar instead of American rules of grammar.
This thread is quite long, so I`m not able to read all the o-shaped. But from what I`ve read, I tend to agree with the author`s opinion of things. (Although the «people» is, strictly speaking, a unique collective name (as in the American people) and can be pluralized as in «The peoples of the earth share a common humanity.» But it may have become the archaic form, because virtually everyone uses people as the plural of the person) A collective noun is a noun 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. How can we use plural in this case? grammar.yourdictionary.com/sentences/20-Rules-of-subject-verb-agreement.html In this context, the 19th rule is at odds with what you said. The reason some people think that true grammar can sometimes seem strange is because formal grammar hasn`t been taught in our schools for decades (it wasn`t taught in Australian schools in the 1970s, when it recently came back in a crisper form) – I think, for ideological reasons.