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    #1

    Sentence transformation

    The task is to rewrite the sentence beginning it with The gang....

    It would appear that the gang have been arrested by the police.

    So, which option is correct?
    The gang would appear/ appeared to have been arrested by the police.
    Last edited by Cruella; 23-Mar-2015 at 22:40.

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    Re: Sentence transformation

    In BrE, we use the singular for gang, so it would be "The gang appears to have been arrested". The original would be "It appears the gang has been arrested". I would omit "by the police" - apart from certain specialist teams working for Immigration and Customs, the police are the only people with the power to arrest anyone.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Sentence transformation

    I am surprised that BrE speakers would use the singular for "gang". The BrE use of collective nouns always surprises me.

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    Re: Sentence transformation

    I understand the pronoun for certain collective terms like a company could be singular (to mean the entity) or plural (to mean the people).

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    Re: Sentence transformation

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I am surprised that BrE speakers would use the singular for "gang". The BrE use of collective nouns always surprises me.
    I would also say "The gang was arrested." It's one gang. A singular gang. But I'd still say "They were arrested." eg:

    A: "The gang was arrested last night."
    B: "Where were they arrested?"

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    #6

    Re: Sentence transformation

    I think I would say "The gang members were arrested".

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    #7

    Re: Sentence transformation

    Cruella, please note that a better title would have been would appear/appeared.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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