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    Question Is or are II


    Why do you say:

    "The police are combing the area" but "The army is combing the area"?

    • Join Date: Nov 2007
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    Re: Is or are II

    'police' (noun) is always regarded as plural. The singular would be policeman/policewoman/police constable.
    'army' is normal in formation, with the plural being 'armies'. Hence, in your sentence, it would be the equivalent of saying:
    One of the military services is combing the area.


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