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    "..., who currently pay him ..."



    "This is a departure from Mr Blair's recent public engagements, which have focused more on the religious community. It is, however, perhaps more in tune with his employment by the government of Kazakhstan, who currently pay him 8 million a year to whitewash their human rights record."

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    Who refers to what? If who refers to the government of Kazakhstan, do we need to add s to the verb pay?

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    Re: "..., who currently pay him ..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    If who refers to the government of Kazakhstan, do we need to add s to the verb pay?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    "Government" is a collective noun. It can be used with either a singular or plural form of the verb.

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    Re: "..., who currently pay him ..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    "Government" is a collective noun. It can be used with either a singular or plural form of the verb.
    Thank you, Chicken Sandwich, but I didn't pay attention in which English the newspaper was written.



    "In AmE, collective nouns are almost always singular in construction: the committee was unable to agree."
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