Sunday, 14 August 2011

Collective Nouns


family, team 和 crew 等等,都是所謂的 collective nouns。它們可以配單數動詞 (singular verb) 或者眾數動詞 (plural verb),取決於你對這個 collective noun 的觀點。

如果我們 collective noun 視為一個獨立單位 (a single unit),那我們就把它配 singular verb: 

Our crew is the best.
Our team has won!
The jury is considering its verdict. 

如果把 collective noun 當作一群人 (a group of individuals),我們就配上 plural verb: 

Our crew are wearing their new uniforms.
Our family are the best.
The jury are considering their verdict.

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