English Question.

Discussion in 'The Bathroom Wall' started by EXQEX9, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. EXQEX9

    EXQEX9 Yep.

    I just wrote something like:

    "Their customer service staff is the most selfless group of people I know."

    ...in a thread.

    Should the "IS" be replaced with "ARE"? I thought IS was appropriate because it's only 1 group, but it doesn't sound right to me. Someone wise come teach me a lesson.
     

  2. Doc

    Doc Trust me, I'm The Doctor. V.I.P.

    You got it right. The staff is the subject of the sentence and, as such, is a single unit. Are is plural.

    Heh. Unit.
     
  3. Impact

    Impact Registered Member V.I.P. Lifetime

    Oh, i'll teach you a lesson alright :naughty:

    I think it's are. Is sounds wrong.
     
  4. Doc

    Doc Trust me, I'm The Doctor. V.I.P.

    Don't listen! They have no Impact on your life!
     
  5. CaptainObvious

    CaptainObvious Son of Liberty V.I.P.

    Steve is right, IS is correct. The staff is singular.
     
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  6. EXQEX9

    EXQEX9 Yep.

    Well, a 50-50 response? Fuck, that doesn't help!
     
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  7. Doc

    Doc Trust me, I'm The Doctor. V.I.P.

    Ex, you love me!

    Trust me. I'm right on this one.
     
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  8. Impact

    Impact Registered Member V.I.P. Lifetime

    Yeah, don't listen to me. I failed English, what the hell do I know.
     
  9. EXQEX9

    EXQEX9 Yep.

    -_-

    Decision made...

    Thanks Steve!:cool:
     
  10. Psy-cho

    Psy-cho New Member

    "Is" is correct.

    If you were to say something along the lines of "The members of their customer service staff" you would go on to say "are the most selfless group of people I know." In that instance you would have multiple subjects (the members). The way you worded it, you have only one subject (the staff). It can be a bit confusing seeing as how a staff is made up of multiple people, but you're talking about only one staff.

    I'm tired and rambling, but basically you got it right.
     

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