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the police



mirela.sorina
Romania

the police
 
The police is always followed by a verb in plural? I thought that when we talk about it as a whole( like - the police is a corrupt institution ) we may use the sg...

17 Jul 2012      



papadeli
Greece

Have a look here
 
Greetings from Greece,

17 Jul 2012     



gawith
Albania

The police plural, no matter what. :)

17 Jul 2012     



majocasciaro
Argentina

IT MAY TAKE A SINGULAR OR PLURAL VERB. BYE!

17 Jul 2012     



grazisg77
Brazil

According to George Yule, the so called colletive nouns can be seen either as plural or singular nouns, depending on ther speaker īs perspective. You can have a noun being treated as both collective and singular in the same sentence:

The family HAS decided THEY can īt afford a big wedding.
The audience WAS cheering and clapping THEIR hands.

(singular / plural)

Hope that helps! Smile

17 Jul 2012     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

The police are.... The police force (or more recently, the police service) is

17 Jul 2012     



ueslteacher
Ukraine

http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/dictionary/police

17 Jul 2012     



mirela.sorina
Romania

yes :  I knew the rule of collective nouns; I teach them like this;
But Today I have found in a CAE book that police is followed only by plural verbs; I am confused...

17 Jul 2012     



yanogator
United States

I definitely agree with Lynne - The police are
Bruce

17 Jul 2012