Collective Nouns May Take a Singular or Plural Verb

A collective noun refers to a group. If the group is acting as one unit, the noun is treated as singular. If the group's members are acting individually, the noun is treated as plural. (In British English, collective nouns are treated as plurals.)

The Technical Review Board meets in May. (The subject is "Board," one unit, singular.)

The company is one of the largest employers in California. (The subject is "company," one unit, singular.)

My family are doing well. (The subject is "family," the individuals are emphasized, plural.)

Collective nouns include committee, company, board, firm, jury, crowd, staff, group, family, audience, public, and team, among many others.

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