'Were' is fine in British English. Collective nouns are often treated as if they were plural. We think of the group as a collection of individuals.he auxiliary verb (were) does not agree in number with the subject (team). "Team" is singular and the correct (singular) form of the verb is "was" - not "were."
*NOT A TEACHER* I agree - both are correct. But I believe the first emphasizes the verb (defeated), while the second seems to emphasize the adverb (overwhelmingly.) One other point, if you are interested: The auxiliary verb (were) does not agree in number with the subject (team). "Team" is singular and the correct (singular) form of the verb is "was" - not "were."
*NOT A TEACHER* I offer my sympathy to saloom2. Not only is he/she trying to learn English, but runs into these contradictory differences between accepted British and American English from well intended persons from both camps. For some this type of contradictory information must be bewildering rather than helpful. I'm a newbie, but it already seems to me that the majority of the teacher responses are from those who probably prefer to use BE rather than American. Would the forum serve better if Americans didn't offer our understandings?
I second that (except that I'd write 'flavour'. ;-)No, all are welcome. It depends on the time of day, too, who is asking and answering. Some learners may want a British flavor and some an American one. It depends on their needs.