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    Question The whole society - singular or plural?

    Hi teachers!

    I'm a new member and very happy to find and join this forum.

    My first question is about the word "society": does it goes with singular or plural verb? For example:

    - The whole society are joining the campaign and speak against these crimes.
    - The whole society is joining the campaign and speaks against these crimes.

    Which one is correct?

    Many thanks!


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    Re: The whole society - singular or plural?

    Welcome to the forums.
    Quote Originally Posted by tphuong122002 View Post
    Hi teachers!

    I'm a new member and very happy to find and join this forum.

    My first question is about the word "society": does it goes with singular or plural verb? For example:

    - The whole society are joining the campaign and speak against these crimes.
    - The whole society is joining the campaign and speaks against these crimes.

    Which one is correct?

    Many thanks!
    "Society" takes "is".

    It would be smoother to say "All of society" or "The whole of society" if you mean all the people in a country. "The whole society" could be interpreted as a club or organization.


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    #3

    Re: The whole society - singular or plural?

    Society takes a singular verb - societies requires the plural version.

    The whole society is joining the campaign to speak out against these crimes

    "speak out, to express one's opinion openly and unreservedly: He was not afraid to speak out when it was something he believed in strongly."

    dictionary.com


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    Re: The whole society - singular or plural?

    Many thanks, Anglika and colloquium, for your help!

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