Notional Concord

Notional concord

Here under notional concord we consider the relationship between collective nouns and their verbs. A collective noun is a noun used to refer a group of people or thing e.g. committee, team etc.

With collective nouns, the context determines whether the verb is singular or plural. If the noun is taken as a unit. Then the singular verb will be used but if the members in the group are seen as separate. Then, the plural will be used.

Examples:

  • The committee meets once in a year.
  • The committee contribute to issues as they are empowered.
  • The jury vote according to their consciences.
  • The jury was dissolved after the case.

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