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Which is correct? The public is angry or the public are angry?

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Singular. Is.
That's right.
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Hi guys,

To me, both 'is' and 'are' are possible. I'd say it's one of those words that can be singular or plural, depending on whether you are thinking about it as a single entity or as a group of people. eg team, government.

Best wishes, Clive
CliveHi guys,

To me, both 'is' and 'are' are possible. I'd say it's one of those words that can be singular or plural, depending on whether you are thinking about it as a single entity or as a group of people. eg team, government.

Best wishes, Clive
All the grammarians I know agree with you.

Cheers
CB

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Yes, I think this illustrates Clive's point. The plural is used when we consider a diversity of opinions, the singular when we consider the public as a single entity.
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I always trip over this Br/Am difference, even though I'm more conscious of the other differences now. American use is going to be the singular almost all the time. I keep forgetting that BrE uses the plural for companies and government in far more cases than Americans and that that should apply to other nouns like "public" as well. Sorry for the confusion - let me revise my original post to be "For American use, is." We would expect "The public is angry."
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