Singular or plural?

Mags

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18 October 2017

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Singular or plural?

In a question La policía (persguir) los.... I wasn't sure whether to put the verb in the Singular or plural. The answer is in the singular. Are there other cases where the singular is used for a group too?

This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "Conjugate stem-changing e > i verbs: competir, reir, servir in El Presente (present tense)"

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

24 October 2017

24/10/17

Hola Mags, when the collective word ("la policía" in this case) is followed immediately by a verb, the noun is treated as singular and therefore the verb must be conjugated in the third person singular. However, if the group entity is followed by other words as the preposition "de", there is no consistency in the language and this means that you can choose any number. For example, you can say "un grupo de personas está en la calle" with the verb in the singular form, and also "un grupo de personas están en la calle", with the verb conjugated in the plural form. Both of them are considered correct as it doesn't exist any particular rule about this grammar point. Thank you very much for your question!

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