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    A football team ________(play/plays) very well ...

    Hi everyone.Here is a question I met on(I'm not sure whether I should use "on") our textbook.

    A football team ________(play/plays) very well if they understand each other.

    Which one is correct?

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    #2

    Re: A football team ________(play/plays) very well ...

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    Use the singular.

    A football team plays very well if they understand each other.

    Also, I'd say "this is a question I came across in my textbook" or something similar.

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    #3

    Re: A football team ________(play/plays) very well ...

    Quote Originally Posted by SHerman7 View Post
    Hi everyone.Here is a question I met on(I'm not sure whether I should use "on") our textbook.

    A football team ________(play/plays) very well if they understand each other.

    Which one is correct?
    It would be better as "A football team plays very well if the players understand each other".

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    Re: A football team ________(play/plays) very well ...

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    * Not a teacher

    Use the singular.

    A football team plays very well if they understand each other.

    Also, I'd say "this is a question I came across in my textbook" or something similar.
    In some variants like BrE, you can also use a plural verb with a collective noun- I would use play here, especially as it's followed by they. Bhaisahab's rewrite removes this problem.

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    Re: A football team ________(play/plays) very well ...

    Quote Originally Posted by SHerman7 View Post
    Hi everyone.Here is a question I met on(I'm not sure whether I should use "on") our textbook.
    [AmE - not a teacher]

    It would be "in", and "met" is slightly awkward, since we typically "meet" people, not things. I also would not say "our", because you and the people in this forum are not using the same book as you. I would say:

    Here is a question I found in my textbook.

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    Re: A football team ________(play/plays) very well ...

    First I'm so ashamed that I made these mistakes.I'm a Chinese ten-grader and I usually use Chinese thoughts when I'm using English.Like "our textbook" is very generally used in Chinese.After the National College Entrance Examination in 2014 I will learn more about English thoughts.
    Thanks all for answering my question.Since "play" and "plays" have been adviced together,whether I should think that all are right?

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    Re: A football team ________(play/plays) very well ...

    Quote Originally Posted by SHerman7 View Post
    First I'm so ashamed that I made these mistakes.
    Don't be- making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process.

    Quote Originally Posted by SHerman7 View Post
    Thanks all for answering my question.Since "play" and "plays" have been adviced together,whether I should think that all are right?
    I would say so, but a person not familiar with the different forms of English might prefer only one.

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    Re: A football team ________(play/plays) very well ...

    Thanks again!One more question:I don't really understandthe meaning of "Bhaisahab's rewrite removes this problem. "

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    #9

    Re: A football team ________(play/plays) very well ...

    Quote Originally Posted by SHerman7 View Post
    Thanks again!One more question:I don't really understand the meaning of "Bhaisahab's rewrite removes this problem. "
    bhaisahab's re-written version results in there being no problem.

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