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bieasy

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HI,

Why do you say:

"The police are combing the area" but "The army is combing the area"?
 

David L.

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'police' (noun) is always regarded as plural. The singular would be policeman/policewoman/police constable.
'army' is normal in formation, with the plural being 'armies'. Hence, in your sentence, it would be the equivalent of saying:
One of the military services is combing the area.
 
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