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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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Vol. 25, No. 10: Females - Style & Substance

Viva les women voters
Think about this as you prepare to go to the polls this month:
A self-described female colleague asks why we always refer to women voters instead of female voters, as the normal adjectival form is female.It is true enough that women voters is the standard, having been used in our pages 27 times the past three months of this election season.
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