Subject-Verb Agreement with Collective Nouns
The committee was formed in 2012.
We often use singular nouns that refer to groups of people (for example: team, government, committee) as if they were plural. This is particularly true in English and less true in American English. This is because we often think of the group as people, doing things that people do (eating, wanting, feeling etc).
In such cases, we use:
Here are some examples:
Here are some examples of words and expressions that can be considered singular or plural:
But when we consider the group as an impersonal unit, we use singular verbs and pronouns:
Notice that this is often a question of style and logic. The important thing is to be consistent.
Using a plural verb with singular subject is less common in American English.