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    The Beatles were the most famous rock'n'roll band in the world?

    They were a single group, but is "were" used instead of "was"?
    Is it because they were composed of plural four people?

    ex)The Beatles were the most famous rock'n'roll band in the world?

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    Re: The Beatles were the most famous rock'n'roll band in the world?

    I think it's used cause the word "Beatles" is plural.

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    Re: The Beatles were the most famous rock'n'roll band in the world?

    Warning: Not a teacher!

    I don't know whether it's because the word Beatles is plural. Take a band name that's not a plural (say, Coldplay). I'd still say "Coldplay were great last night."

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    Re: The Beatles were the most famous rock'n'roll band in the world?

    I'd be more likely to use the plural verb for a group that has a plural name, and more likely to use the singular verb for a group that has a singular name.

    The Miami Heat is, but the Detroit Pistons are.

    In the US, we're more likely to use the singular verb for group nouns that I understand other dialects are: The company is, the staff was, etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The Beatles were the most famous rock'n'roll band in the world?

    I would generally use the plural like AJ Simms, regardless of whether the band's name was singular or plural. (BrE speaker)

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    Re: The Beatles were the most famous rock'n'roll band in the world?

    I'd say "Coldplay was great." Pink Floyd is a great band, but the Rolling Stones are my favorite.

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