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  1. Cowgirl007

    Question Were or Was

    The sentence is "she mentioned that the team was motivated by their ambition"
    Should it be "she mentioned that the team were motivated by their ambition"? That's the one that sounds right to me!
    Thanks in advance

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: Were or Was

    If you view a team as a unit, then "it was", and if you view a team based on its individual contributors, then "they were".

    Hint: . . . the team ______ motivated by their . . .


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