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    Need help using a collective noun i.e. staff

    I'm not a teacher and need help.

    Which is correct?

    The highly trained staff of XYZ Diagnostics are able to assit you...

    OR


    The highly trained staff of XYZ Diagnostics is able to assit you...

    Thanks.
    Last edited by scofansnags; 24-Dec-2008 at 17:54. Reason: changed text and wording

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    Re: Need help using a collective noun i.e. staff

    Two possible answers:

    1- In American English, collective nouns are treated as singulars whereas they are treated as plurals in British English.

    (... staff is ... ) American English
    (... staff are ...) British English


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    Re: Need help using a collective noun i.e. staff

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    Two possible answers:

    1- In American English, collective nouns are treated as singulars whereas they are treated as plurals in British English.

    (... staff is ... ) American English
    (... staff are ...) British English


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    Thank you. I understand the rule. I wouldn't say the "band are" or the "team are", but the "staff are" sounds off to me because it is followed by a plural name of the company--XYZ Diagnostics

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