Collective nouns

English grammar

Group words or collective nouns take a singular verb if you are talking of the group as a whole. They take a plural verb if you are talking about the individual members of the group.

 

Compare:

 

The jury is in the courtroom. (Here we are talking about the whole group.)

 

The jury are still debating the case. (Here we are talking about the individual members of the group.)

 

Note: Collective nouns are always singular in American English.

Any and some

Both some and any  suggest an indefinite number or amount of something. Some is more common in affirmative clauses. Any is used in questions and negative clauses.

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