My colleagues and I do not agree on whether «students» are a collective nostunist; Maybe you can decide the problem. Which sentence is right and why? The Associated Press Stylebook classifies the data as a plural noun, usually using plural verbs and pronouns. An additional note indicates that some words, such as. B data that is plural, become collective subtantives and accept individual verbs when the group or quantity is considered a unit. Examples: the data is solid. A unit. The data was carefully collected. (individual elements) The words of collection and money are both simple and are followed by singular verbs. Language is more than a bag of rules.
You can imagine collectives in two ways — collectively, or as part of a collective. The two are quite identical in the «total» sense, so the need after the other may seem at first glance quite outdated. A bit like trying to decide what is best to drive on the left or right side of the road. Sometimes in the United Kingdom we tend to prefer pluralistic nouns, whereas in the United States they prefer the singular more often. 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. 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. Note that in our Rule 6, the «subject and verb contract» says: «Usually use a plural with two or more subjects if they are adorned and connected.» There are exceptions to this rule when subjects or names form in the sentence a unity or unity, a collective idea or a unity of the idea. (They called it «the same» but it may be too restrictive.) For example, we have seen where a singular verb is used with two themes, which are used by «peanut butter and jelly is my favorite snack,» «Profit and loss is important for any business» and «spaghetti and meatballs fit well with garlic bread.» In these cases, the interpretation of «unity of the idea» essentially belongs to the author of the sentence. In the face of this, either «loss of life and serious injury in the sky is unacceptable» or «loss of life and serious injury in the sky is unacceptable.» The nouns that designate a unit take individual verbs and pronouns: class, committee, crowd, family, group, herd, jury, orchestra, team. Some examples of application: the Committee meets to set its agenda. The jury returned its verdict. A herd of cattle was sold. Team names and music group names that are plural take plurals.
The Yankees are in first place. The Jonas Brothers are popular. Team or group names without plural forms also take plural verbs: the Miami Heat are fighting for third place. Other examples: Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz. Many singular names take singular verbs: Coldplay is on tour. Boston is a playoff favorite. The cardinal is in the NCAA tournament. But some proper names, which are plural in form, adopt a singular verb: Brooks Brothers holds a sale. PLURIELLE FORME: Some words that are plural become collective subtantives and adopt singular verbs when the group or quantity is considered a unit. Right: A thousand bushels are a good yield. A unit. Right: There were a thousand bushels.
(individual elements) Right: The data is solid.