Which is correct? `I think the team has a good chance of winning the tournament’ or `……….. the team have a good chance……………’?

Both are correct. It depends on how you view the team. If you think of the team as consisting of several individuals, then you use the plural `are’. If, on the other hand, you think of the members of the team as forming a single unit, then you use the singular `is’. `Committee’, `jury’, and `public’ are examples of nouns that can be used with both singular and plural verbs. Here are two more.

The government are hoping to lower the interest rates by next month. * My family wants me to go abroad and do a PhD.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – March 05, 2007.


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