English: collective nouns, part 1
Tutoring English, common questions can be interesting. The tutor continues about collective nouns.
In my last post I begin about collective nouns, such as group.
A natural question about them: do you refer to them as singular, or plural? The answer is interesting. You can refer to a collective noun as plural if you mean its members are acting independently:
The group are planning to each work from their own homes.However, you refer to it as singular when they act together:
The group is scheduled to meet at 7:30pm.
Hodges, Horner, et al. Harbrace Handbook for Canadians. Scarborough: Nelson, 2003.Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.