View Single Post
  #2 (permalink)  
Unread Apr 6th, 2008, 06:16 pm
HUE HUE is offline
mind like a sieve
Join Date: Nov 15th, 2006
Posts: 302
HUE is on a distinguished road
Default Re: The couple has arrived

This often drives me nuts, too. American English and British English view group nouns differently.

In most cases, American English considers group nouns (government, staff, team ,etc) as singular. For example: The team is doing well this year.

British English often uses both. I think BrE uses singular for groups of people doing personal things, such as deciding, hoping, thinking, or wanting. I also think BrE uses singular verbs if the determiner is singular (a/an, every,the, etc).
Chris Cotter
Better Language Teaching resource ebook.
Free flashcards at The Flashcard Hub.
Just print and teach materials at Heads Up English.
Reply With Quote