Collective Nouns And Verb Agreement Examples

Our English language is evolving, whether we like it or why we don`t. We follow the rule of the Chicago Manual of Style which says: “If the subject is a collective subject that conveys the idea of unity or multitude, the verb is singular {the nation is powerful`. If the subject is a collective subject that gives the idea of plurality, the verb is plural {the faculty was divided in its feelings. 4. In the case of compound subjects related by or nor, the verb corresponds to the subject that is closer to it. Help me identify the subject and verb in “Mr. John likes to play basketball.” In this case, how can we use Plurale? grammar.yourdictionary.com/sentences/20-Rules-of-subject-verb-agreement.html In this link, Rule 19 contradicts what you said. The word population is a collective noun that, depending on the author`s intention, can take either a singular verb or a pluralistic verb. The noun people is plural. So it`s right in your second sentence.

The word one is not a collective noun, it is a singular noun. In the sentence A family of ducks was based on grass, the theme of the sentence is the family which is a collective name. In this case, the author can decide whether to use a singular or plural, depending on whether he considers the “family” as an entity or as a unique being within that unit. . . .