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Can you help me with these words? Can the word “collection” (as a collective noun) be followed by the plural as “family was /family”? What is the theme of the verb agrementally for the collective nouns of team names, institutions or music groups, for example, say Metallica a new album or Metallica launches a new album, let`s say that Led Zeppelin dissolves on or Led Zeppelin dissolves, Manchester United plays today or Manchester United plays today, or Real Madrid sold Ronaldo or Real Madrid sold Me 3. Nearly 25% of the population is Muslim. The word population is a collective noun which, according to the author`s intention, can take either a singular verb or a plural verb. The point here is that this percentage represents only one group. I do not respectfully agree with your use of the plural form when it concerns “team or staff.” Recently, I heard a national television reporter use a plural verb when he was referring to a married couple — she used it twice. This is what led me to deal with it, because it is at odds with what I learned in public school (1937-1950). I realize that language is developing, but I will continue to use the singular verb with all the collective subtantifs, and if I listen, it will continue to rub me on the nerves. The correct phrase is that nearly one in four people in the world is Muslim. The subject of the sentence is one that is singular and adopts a singular verb. The rule you write about only applies to collective nouns. The word one is not a collective noun, it is a unique name. In the sentence A family of ducks rested on the grass, the object of the sentence is the family, a collective name. In this case, the author may decide to use a singular or plural verb depending on whether he considers the “family” as a unit or as a unique being within that unity.

As their answer above is the first option is correct, but I read a rule that “If two individual names related to and refer to the SAME THING the verb used with them should be singular. That`s why I`m a little confused. It will be great if you can summarize a little bit the words “same thing” in general, which I said above. The Los Angeles Lakers are considered a collective bite. As this article indicates, the verb may be singular or plural in collective subtantives, depending on the author`s intention. I`m kind of in a conundrum with my boss. He wrote in a document: “Full colors are attributed to John.”