Hi Lee! In fact, there were 4 mistakes. The newsreader should have said: …news is just in; a group of tourists were bitten... Rabies is a serious threat; everybody is in hospital. In English, singular subjects usually take singular verbs, and plural subjects take plural verbs. My brother lives in Moscow, but my sisters live in St Petersburg But some subjects can be tricky. Firstly, indefinite pronouns like everybody, and everything have a plural meaning, but take singular verbs. Listen: Everybody is in hospital… nobody is safe What's more, some nouns which end in -s are actually singular, like news, mathematics, physics, diabetes and rabies. Listen: Today’s news is that rabies is on the increase. But, words like people, children, data and media need a plural verb even though they don’t end in –s. The media have collected more data Now a collective noun like family, team, government and group can be singular or plural, since we can view it as a single group, or as a collection of individuals. We can say: __________________________________________________________ The team has worked well this year Or: The team have promised to work harder this year So with this example: A group of tourists were bitten by a stray dog Each tourist was bitten individually. The dog didn't bite them all together in one big bite! So to sum up: indefinite pronouns like everybody and nothing, take singular verbs. Some nouns which end with –s, like news and diabetes – are actually single. Other words like data and media are plural, and collective nouns like government and group can be single or plural. Ok, that's all from me: good luck with your grammar challenge! _____________________________________________________________ Page 3 of 3 Grammar Tables: Subject - verb agreement 2: Singular and plural verbs Indefinite pronouns like everybody and anyone, take singular verbs. Some nouns which end with –s, like news, maths and diabetes– are actually single. Other words like data and media are plural, and collective nouns like team, government and group can be single or plural.
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Some indefinite pronouns everybody, anyone, Everybody is in hospital have plural meanings, but everything take singular verbs Some nouns which end mathematics, physics Rabies is on the increase with –s are singular rabies, diabetes, news Some nouns which don't end people,children,data,media The media have collected more data. with –s are plural Some collective nouns can family,team,police,group The jury has found the defendant government , jury guilty be singular and plural The jury are having a discussion