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    #1

    There is a bunch of people that have been arrested.

    1) There is a bunch of people that have been arrested.

    2) There was a buch of people that were going to another state.

    3) There is a group of people that is asking for help.

    4) There is a couple who like to defame the country.

    Do we need to use singular or plural when we talk about group?

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    #2

    Re: There is a bunch of people that have been arrested.

    There are lots of exceptions, but usually British English uses plural verbs and American English uses singular verbs.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: There is a bunch of people that have been arrested.

    1) There is a group of people that is waiting outside.

    2) There is a group of people that are waiting outside.


    So, both of these are correct. Am I correct?

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    #4

    Re: There is a bunch of people that have been arrested.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    1) There is a group of people that is waiting outside.

    2) There is a group of people that are waiting outside.


    So, both of these are correct. Am I correct?
    A native speaker would say neither.

    There is a group of people waiting outside.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: There is a bunch of people that have been arrested.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    A native speaker would say neither.

    There is a group of people waiting outside.
    But I am talking about the verb that we have to use. Should it be singular or plural if you have to use a verb? Will we talk about a single group or the people who are the part of the group?

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    #6

    Re: There is a bunch of people that have been arrested.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    1) There is a bunch of people that have been arrested.

    2) There was a bunch of people that were going to another state.

    3) There is a group of people that is asking for help.

    4) There is a couple who like to defame the country.
    I'd use the plural in all of these.
    I am not a teacher.

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