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    singular or plural - A GROUP OF...

    Hi!

    I'd like to know if both sentences are acceptable in English:
    A group of children are having a party.
    A group of children is having a party.


    Thank you for your help,

    Mia

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    Re: singular or plural - A GROUP OF...

    Quote Originally Posted by MiaL View Post
    Hi!

    I'd like to know if both sentences are acceptable in English:
    A group of children are having a party.
    A group of children is having a party.

    Thank you for your help,

    Mia
    In AmE, the second would be preferred; the first would not be rare.


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    Re: singular or plural - A GROUP OF...

    What about in British English? Is it completely wrong to use "is"? Is there a rule?

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    Re: singular or plural - A GROUP OF...

    Quote Originally Posted by MiaL View Post
    What about in British English? Is it completely wrong to use "is"? Is there a rule?
    I don't think "is" would be wrong in Britain, but it would be less common than in the US.

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    Re: singular or plural - A GROUP OF...

    Mike's right; the singular can be used there in British English, but the tendency nowadays seems to be towards the plural for collective nouns.

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