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    Default "... police force has ..." "The police also has ..."


    Police Apologize for Dog Wedding

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    The police also has a mounted division, established in 1921.

    I donít know if the same rule that applies to the word family can be applied to the word police where you can choose either singular or plural verb. Can I use has instead of have with police because it has been treated in the title of that piece as a plural, please?

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    Default Re: "... police force has ..." "The police also has ..."

    I would use "have" for the second. The police have...

    The insertion of "force" makes it singular to me. The police force has...

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    Default Re: "... police force has ..." "The police also has ..."

    The singular is certainly not wrong, and though the plural is in wide use, especially outside of North America, it has to be seen as a later compromise with concrete reality, at the expense of logical consistency with the collective noun as a legal entity.

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