John, I just read the phrase «The couple is a honeymoon in Barbados» in one of our Broadsheet newspapers, and unlike you, it seems to me to disagree. After completing my secondary education in 1966, I can only assume that there may have been different priorities during the education process in America and Ireland. Besides, when I asked a number of friends – usually below 30 – I got an initial 60/40% tendency to use «are» in the sentence above. I wonder if there is a definitive legal interpretation of the verb to be used in this case? The fractions and percentages can be singular or plural depending on the object of the preposition. As workforce is in this particular sentence a singular noun with plural connotations such as the jury, the company, the orchestra, the community, etc. the author can use either a singular or a plural verb. (In addition, our rule 1 of number writing says: «Spell out all the numbers starting a sentence.») My priority in the «Subject and Verb Agreement with Collective Nomen» blog is to determine whether a singular or pluralistic verb should be used depending on whether these nouns act as an entity or with individuality within the unit, regardless of any British or American tendency. The team and staff of your four sentences each seem to act as a unit. Therefore, individual verbs and works should be used in all cases. Sally, I completely agree with what you have said on subjects and preachers that vary in number.
Like you, I change the structure of the sentence to avoid this problem. The phrase I first noticed on this particular subject is the Bible verse: «The wage of sin is death.» A pluralistic collective noun takes on a plural verb: families enjoy this restaurant. I feel like «five» is the subject of this sentence, but I can`t have much pulling force here at the office. Note: In this example, the object of the sentence is even; That is why the verb must agree. (Because scissors are the subject of the preposition, scissors have no influence on the verb number.) 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. 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.
The subject is Mr. John, the main verb is love, and playing is called an infinitive. See Rule 3 to find names, verbs and themes on our site GrammarBook.com. Yes, furniture is a mass name. It is considered singular and requires a singular verb. Can you help me, please? I can use the word «state» as a collective noum and write verbs in the plural. When I talk about the state as isntitucion. For example, the state must take care of citizens.