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    When subject is a collective unit, singular or plural ?

    When the subject is a collective unit such as the following examples:

    1. client
    2. department
    3. management
    4. name of a country (Australia, Japan..etc)

    What is the correct form to use, singular or plural ?

    For example,
    Singular - Client approves the change ?
    or
    Plural - Client approve the change ?

    Which one is correct ?

    Any explanation would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Re: When subject is a collective unit, singular or plural ?

    In the U.S., we seem to have more of a tendency to use the singular verb. If, for some reason, you are going to the trouble of defining them as individuals, then you could see the plural.

    I believe that the plural form shows up more often in BrE.

    (You also need to use an article with "Client" and "Department.")

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