Which of the above sentences is grammatically correct in your mind?
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Quick Grammar Quiz
The second one is the logical choice. After all, you would say 'Our team is great', or 'Our group is ready'. And that's what spell checker suggests with staff. It just sounds weird.
I have it vice versa, but I'm not a native English speaker...
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I chose second but I change my mind, the first one is the more accurate.
So I vote first even though I voted second
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Seeing as we're voting about the staff I said 'Turnip.' as it accurately reflects you guys. As for between the two main sentences I would have thought the first was the correct choice, the second sounds wrong with 'is' imo. However I am quite a moron when it comes to grammar and punctuation.I'm a bit mental.
Depends on the context I think, if you're referring to the staff as one entity doing something as a team then I think it would be "is", if you're referring to the staff as a group of individuals (the staff are all doing various jobs before the restaurant opens) that aren't really working in groups then I think it's are.
I voted turnip.
Has no one googled yet?
The general rule for collective nouns like team, family, committee, etc., is to use the singular verb to show that the group is considered as one unit:
Our team (it) is playing today.
The commitee (it) has reached a decision.
The plural verb can be used to emphasize the individual members of the group:
The italian team (they) are the world champions.
The committee (they) have reached a decision.
This latter usage is often confusing even for native speakers.
It can be confusing on one hand because in english, the singular and plural form of the verb are often the same:
The committee (it) came to a decision.
The committee (they) came to a decision.
The team (it) arrived home today.
The team (they) arrived home today.
Often we get around this confusion by adding the word "members" to the sentence:
The committee members have reached a decision.
The team members arrived home today.
It can also be confusing because of differences in usage in Briitsh English or in American English, or even regional differences.I'm just a stupid old English teacher, but this is a case of common usage versus correct usage.
Technically the verb must agree with the subject. U2 refers to the group U2 which is singular (even though it has more than one person in it). So, technically U2 has released their fifth album is incorrect. But the real point here is who cares? Only stupid English teachers. In reality, the use of plural possessive adjectives is so common that it doesn't confuse the idea that is being communicated. So, even though it's incorrect, it's OK
Does this mean i was right?
What Mike said is basically what I was thinking.
I'm just happy that 5 of you think we're fantastic
It seems no-one here has watched the WAN Show before either.