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    Each group try/tries

    1. Each group try their best to outdo one another.

    2. Each group tries its best to outdo one another.

    Are both sentences correct?

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    Re: Each group try/tries

    Here, since each group forms a unit, and the competition is among the groups, each group tries its best.

    But "the group are arguing with one another" is correct for an internal squabble.

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    Re: Each group try/tries

    I personally have never liked "the group are..." constructions, and I successfully avoid them. If necessary, I use a construction that is very clear in its meaning such as, "The members of the group were arguing with one another."

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    Re: Each group try/tries

    Here we have a basic difference between British and American English.

    The collective "are" with an apparently singular noun is much more widely accepted in BrE. The English newspapers would traditionally print phrases such as "The government have announced" or "The cabinet are deliberating", while the American ones would say "is".

    As always, the Canadian version is somewhere in between.

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    Re: Each group try/tries

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Here we have a basic difference between British and American English.

    The collective "are" is much more widely accepted in BrE. The English newspapers would traditionally print phrases such as "The government have announced" or "The cabinet are deliberating", while the American ones would say "is".

    As always, the Canadian version is somewhere in between.
    Spot on!
    However, I wouldn't say 'each group try their best to outdo one another'.

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    Re: Each group try/tries

    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    Spot on!
    However, I wouldn't say 'each group try their best to outdo one another'.
    And neither did I!

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    Re: Each group try/tries

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    But neither did I!
    Clumsy word choice, never meant to suggest it.
    What I wanted to point out is that I am British, and still wouldn't say it like that.

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