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    sentence correction

    what is wrong with this statement
    the police has arrested the theif who broke into my home last night.

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    Re: sentence correction

    "Has" should be "have". "Police" is one of those strange nouns that have a singular form but a plural meaning.

    The sentence should start with a capital letter. "Thief" is misspelled. One question mark would be sufficient.

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    Re: sentence correction

    Welcome to the forums, Tumuluri V Datta Vamshi .

    Please don't ask us any more homework questions and please correct your profile.

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    Re: sentence correction

    Quote Originally Posted by Tumuluri V Datta Vamshi View Post
    What is wrong with this statement?:

    The police have arrested the thief who broke into my home last night.
    In American, police is treated as a plural noun for some reason, so we say have. But it's an exception. We treat most groups as singular nouns. So we would say "The army has captured...."

    The British would say have either way. For them, all groups of people (the police, the army, Parliament, the garden club) are plural nouns.

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    Re: sentence correction

    There is no question that BrE speakers see collectives as plural more often than AmE speakers, but I don't think it is 100% of speakers or 100% of uses.

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