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What would you say?



RileyR
Israel

What would you say?
 
Hi Everyone! What would you say: a crew of experts use different techniques or a crew of experts uses different techniques I told my students we use the first sentence but I didn t know how to explain why. Any help will be useful.

15 Oct 2013      



SaraMariam
United States

I would actually use the second one, because it is A (one) crew (of experts.)

15 Oct 2013     



MarionG
Netherlands

I agree with saramariam

15 Oct 2013     



RileyR
Israel

I know.. it makes sense... but one of the teachers in my school is from South Africa and she insisted on the first sentence... I am confused

15 Oct 2013     



RileyR
Israel

and the first sentence sounds better.... also, my american friends would use the first one....

15 Oct 2013     



diana_elena
Romania

With collective nouns such as crew you can use either a singular or a plural verb. You choose a singular verb (a crew experts uses different technique) if you think of the group as a single unit or a plural verb (a crew of expert use different techniques) if you think of the group as a number of individuals.

15 Oct 2013     



RileyR
Israel

Thank you Diana! It s a nice way to put it out.... I think like American and sometimes can t explain the things I say

15 Oct 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I would use the plural a crew of experts use ... As Diana says, you can use either singular or plural with collective nouns. I think the plural sounds better here because it isn t just a crew -  it s followed with of experts and so the plural agreement comes more naturally.

By the way, it s a colourful way to describe a group/team of experts!

15 Oct 2013     



diana_elena
Romania

English grammar can be tricky sometimes ...but I had a very though grammar teacher in college, and that was a good thing especially because my primary profession is translator

15 Oct 2013     



RileyR
Israel

Thank you everyone!!!

15 Oct 2013     



libertybelle
United States

A crew is like an umbrella that is one thing but covers for many - just like a family is composed of many people but the unit of a family is one.

I wouldn t use the word crew at all in this example.
Crew is usually people working on a boat, a group of backstage people or people who work in groups - often manual labor.

I would use the work a group of experts.
You d never say a crew of scholars.

Libertybelle

15 Oct 2013     

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