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    Does Singular collective noun of plural nouns take a singular or plural verb

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    Which of the following is correct?

    A group of prisoners has [singular verb] escaped
    A group of prisoners have [plural verb] escaped

    It should be (a), right? But that feels wrong because the noun immediately preceding the verb is a plural.

    Any views?

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    Re: Does Singular collective noun of plural nouns take a singular or plural verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaggers View Post
    Help.


    Which of the following is correct?

    A group of prisoners has [singular verb] escaped
    A group of prisoners have [plural verb] escaped

    It should be (a), right? But that feels wrong because the noun immediately preceding the verb is a plural.

    Any views?
    Both are possible.

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    Re: Does Singular collective noun of plural nouns take a singular or plural verb

    Thank you! Having posted question, I then found the question had been asked previous (several times!). Good always to search first!

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