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    Smile congregation + is OR are?

    congregation
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    a group of people gathered together in a religious building for worship and prayer:
    The vicar asked the congregation to kneel.
    Hello! I am wondering if the congregation is the subject, should the predicate be in singular or plural? Which one is correct as below?

    eg.1 The congregation kneels down
    eg.2 The congregation kneel down

    Thanks in advance!


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    Re: congregation + is OR are?

    "congregation" can be a collective noun, in which case it takes the singular, or be seen as representing a group of individuals, in which case it takes the plural.

    In this case I see the first as being intended, so the congregation kneels down.

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    Smile Re: congregation + is OR are?

    Much obliged, Anglika.

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    Re: congregation + is OR are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "congregation" can be a collective noun, in which case it takes the singular, or be seen as representing a group of individuals, in which case it takes the plural.

    In this case I see the first as being intended, so the congregation kneels down.
    hi,
    what does a ''collective noun'' mean, please? is it a noun of a group of people? thanks!


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    Re: congregation + is OR are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    hi,
    the link says that ''police'' is always plural but I've found hundreds of ''police is'' on CAE. I wonder why. Thanks.


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    Re: congregation + is OR are?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,
    the link says that ''police'' is always plural but I've found hundreds of ''police is'' on CAE. I wonder why. Thanks.
    What were the source texts? There is a BrE/AmE difference here.

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    #8

    Re: congregation + is OR are?

    In the US, "police" will always take the plural.

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    Re: congregation + is OR are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    What were the source texts? There is a BrE/AmE difference here.
    Hi,
    A few examples from CAE:

    "Army has left, but the police is still here?"

    "... lot of people in the community that they don't believe the police is
    their friend."

    "Where the police is, there's kills."

    "The police is taking forever, forever, to pick him up."


    Thanks.

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    Re: congregation + is OR are?

    All of those would be non-standard in American English. The one with "kills" barely makes any sense at all.

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