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    correct?

    Hi

    Please, tell me if the following sentence is correct.

    The Police was looking for a bank robber, but I should not have imagined it was you.

    In my opinion this sentence is totally wrong . I think it should sound:

    The police were looking for a bank robber, but I wouldn`t have imagined it was you / it had been you.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: correct?

    Is there anybody who could answer my question, please?

    Thank you

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    Re: correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi

    Please, tell me if the following sentence is correct.

    The Police was looking for a bank robber, but I should not have imagined it was you.

    In my opinion this sentence is totally wrong . I think it should sound:

    The police were looking for a bank robber, but I wouldn`t have imagined it was you / it had been you.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Hi Teia

    American usage prefers treating collective nouns as singular: the police has, the staff brings, the family has, and so on. British usage prefers the plural: the staff have, the staff bring, and the family have. Exceptions exist, as you note.

    Since the sentence seems to refer to many individuals looking for someone, I believe I'd say (just like you):

    The police were looking for a bank robber, but I wouldn`t have imagined it was you (they were looking for, right?)
    Last edited by bianca; 09-Aug-2007 at 20:09.

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