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Do we say "the couple is" or "the couple are"..

thanx in advance

Elida
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A couple is a unit, thus is.
Couple is a collective noun. It can be either singular or plural. It depends on how you see the couple: as a collection of personalities or as a unit.

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The couple is - one unit
The couple are - collection of personalities

Examples:
Jack and Joan are married. The couple lives in a new apartment on Elkton Road. (Here the husband and wife are viewed as a unit.)
A couple of friends are visiting me tomorrow. (This is the "principle of proximity." The plural "friends" is closest to the verb, so the verb is plural.)
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yeah Selecter..it's depends...you're right.

here's the sentence in the book:

"If, however, the couple are unmarried the law doesn't take such a generous view"
At Google:

37 hits for "the couple are unmarried"
199 hits for "the couple is unmarried" thus I was right

However, if you necessarily want to make a point that people in a couple are still independent persons, you can write are, as far as I am concerned.

But you risk that your phrasing will be seen by the majority of people as a bit strange and requiring some head scratchingEmotion: smile

Not that they wouldn't understand it, of course.
'A couple' can be singular or plural, depending on the context.

For example, you can say "The winning couple is Mr and Mrs Tan."

1. But you could say, "The couple are at the beach. They are sunbathing."

2. You could also say, "The couple is at the beach. They are sunbathing."

However, according to English usage books, sentence 1 is more correct because 'is' is inconsistent with 'are' in sentence 2.
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Marius Hancu At Google:

37 hits for "the couple are unmarried"
199 hits for "the couple is unmarried" thus I was right

However, if you necessarily want to make a point that people in a couple are still independent persons, you can write are, as far as I am concerned.

But you risk that your phrasing will be seen by the majority of people as a bit strange and requiring some head scratchingEmotion: smile

Not that they wouldn't understand it, of course.

Ok. Marius...you're not wrong...but it depends..as we said. Emotion: smile