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Vol. 19, No. 7: Collective Nouns - Style & Substance

Shouldn't the verbs in these examples have been singular, reflecting the subjects of the clauses, a reader asks?Group and panel in these cases are collective nouns, with intervening plural nouns before the verbs, and the general rule is to use a singular verb if the idea of oneness predominates and a plural verb if the idea of several or many predominates.
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