Margaret Thatcher Quotes

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Sat Jun 12 16:19:41 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 3:44 PM, Bill Palmer <w_a_palmer at> wrote:

> Now  I would have said "family *was*". But I hear all kinds of collective
> nouns now, with plural verb forms. Â Fearing the "prescriptivist" label, I am
> reluctant to ask which is correct. Â What say the professors about this whole
> thing?
> Bill Palmer

In British English, collective nouns take plural verbs much more often
than in American English, even in the snootier registers of the


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