I read earlier today a report containing a paragraph below:
Formosan Association for Public Affairs, a pro-Taiwan group in the U.S., have met many U.S. Congress members to discuss Taiwan’s current condition on Dec. 15, said the Association President Bob Yang . Many congressmen and aides have worried about the regression of Taiwan’s democracy, saying that a close watch is necessary for the human rights infringement in a young democratic country.
My question is : a pro-Taiwan group used with have met grammatically correct? or it would have to be 'has met' treating GROUP as singular?
British usage and American usage differ somewhat on this one. In the USA it would be "The group has met...." with the word "group" being construed as singular.
'The Olympics' is plural so I don't think it could be called a collective noun. Under the circumstances, I think it would necessarily be followed by a plural verb.
Correct me if I am wrong, anyone...
Last edited by naomimalan; 26-Dec-2008 at 10:07.
The Olympics is held once every four years.