8/11/2011

Does your mother know collective noun usage?



Mr. Rewrite is going to dig out that dust-covered box containing his disco glam attire and hit this concert, assuming the faded polyester can hold back decades of accumulated flab. That's because ultimate ABBA tribute band Arrival is, not are, coming to town.

This publication could have its own usage rule on this, but those bound by AP style can consult the entry on collective nouns. It notes that many singular proper names for entities with more than one member take plural verbs. Its example: Coldplay is on tour.

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