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    Smile singular or plural

    Dear Teacher,
    "A family of" can be treated as singular or plural.
    in the sentence "A family of polyurethanes was synthesized...".
    Here it should be "was" or "were".

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    Re: singular or plural

    I think it should be "was" because of the subject "A" family of ...
    Last edited by Jair dos Santos Correa; 04-Jan-2007 at 11:35. Reason: gramatical mistake

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    Re: singular or plural

    In American English there is a tendency to use a singular verb with a collective noun, while British English frequently uses the plural, so either could be used depending on your taste.

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