They both work for me.
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Please would you correct the mistakes in my sentences.
1.A group of mountaineers who have been lost, have finally been found.
or should I maybe write:
2. A group of mountaineers who were lost, have finally been found.
As you are about to see, in BrE, we tend to say that "a group" takes the singular.
A group of mountaineers, which had been thought lost, has now been found.
Mind you, I find "A group of mountaineers, thought to be lost, has now been found."
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Yes, "group" is singular, but "mountaineers" is plural. It is arguable whether the relative clause attaches to "group" or "mountaineers". This is another area of subject-verb agreement that has no clearly correct answer.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
1. I believe that you forgot the comma after "mountaineers." I believe that "who have been lost" is a non-defining clause. That is, it is information that the readers probably already know.
2. So let's simplify it to "A group of mountaineers _____ finally been found."
3. "Group" is a collective noun. Most American books teach us that a collective noun takes a singular verb if YOU think that it is referring to the whole UNIT; it takes a plural verb if YOU are thinking of the INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS.
4. In my OPINION, the writer of that sentence was thinking of the group as a UNIT. Thus, I should choose "has."
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