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Charlie Lo
The police is...or The police are...

A quick question for you. Which of the following is correct? And why?
1. "The police is invastigating this case."
2. "The police are invastigating this case."

Jan 13, 2015 10:44 AM
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The police are investigating this case.

January 13, 2015

I think 'are' is correct because 'police' means a group of people and its verb should be plural, but I've seen the sentence like 'the police is ___' just once if I remember correctly.


January 13, 2015

are - police is here a collective nooun and there is no distinct plural for police (singular and plural) 

January 13, 2015
Charlie Lo
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