The Conservative Party Was Or Were

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The Conservative Party Was Or Were

Post by DevDude » Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:38 am

Do I use was or were in these kinds of cases?

"The Labour Party were set up for working people" or was?

What is the rule?

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Re: The Conservative Party Was Or Were

Post by Alan » Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:47 am

Although BrE generally accepts either singular or plural verbs with collective nouns as subjects, even for a BrE speaker 'were' would be strange here.

If in doubt, use a singular verb with a singular subject and you will never be in error!

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