SVA Rule #11.
Collective nouns are nouns which stand for a group or collection of people or things. They include words such as audience, committee, police, crew, family, government, group, and team. In American English, most collective nouns are treated as singular, with a singular verb:
The whole family was at the table.
The government is doing a good job.
There are a few collective nouns (in both British and American English) that are always used with a plural verb, the most common of which is the police:
She’s happy with the way the police have handled the case.
Find the main subject and verb.
He prefers an audience that arrives without expectations.
Click to see the correct answerHe prefers an audience that arrives without expectations.
The jury has not reached a conclusion because its members are still arguing among themselves.
- NO CHANGE
- has not reached a conclusion because their
- have not reached a conclusion because their
- have not reached a conclusion because its