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    #1

    "European Commission" with a plural verb

    Hello.

    Is it wrong to use the plural verb with "European Commission"?
    "European Commission are disappointed with the recent research."

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    #2

    Re: "European Commission" with a plural verb

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: "European Commission" with a plural verb

    It's correct. Plural nouns like this can go with both plural and singular verbs although the plural seems to be more common in British English.

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    #4

    Re: "European Commission" with a plural verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    "European Commission are disappointed with the recent research."
    You need a definite article before 'European Commission'.
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    #5

    Re: "European Commission" with a plural verb

    Quote Originally Posted by AminMoss View Post
    It's correct. Plural nouns like this can go with both plural and singular verbs although the plural seems to be more common in British English.
    I would use the singular.
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    #6

    Re: "European Commission" with a plural verb

    To Americans, it can only be singular. To Brits, it seems to be okay to treat it as singular or plural.

    I don't know how they decide.

    And yes, you left out The.
    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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    #7

    Re: "European Commission" with a plural verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    Yes.
    This is not the case in BrE- it's OK to use the team/government/band/company/European Commission with a plural verb/

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    #8

    Re: "European Commission" with a plural verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I don't know how they decide.
    I would use the singular with company if it were being sold (a singular entity) but the plural if talking about what it (made up of people) were doing. However, there are plenty of cases where we don't decide and either could be used.

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