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This is definitely my current grammatical pet peeve:
"The pair are happy..."
"Best Western are looking for workers..."
"(Insert almost any band name) have good songs..."
"Investor group sell shares..." Just to name a few. It drives me up the wall. I notice it everyday here in Ireland, and it seems to be even more prevalent in the UK.
I can understand that this happens especially if a singular word can be substituted with "they".
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CJ
Nice to know what it's called. Thanks.
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AnonymousI can understand that this happens especially if a singular word can be substituted with "they".
You must be used to American English.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_American_and_British_English#Formal_and_notional_agre...
AlpheccaStarsYou must be used to American English.
One wonders, though. "This group ... are annoying" (the header of the thread) seems not to have been annoying. Emotion: thinking

CJ
"Where's that five pounds I lent you?
Twenty miles is a ,nog way to walk.
Three pints of beer isn't enough to get drunk.
I want to stay for another three weeks.
We'll need an extra ten pounds.
He's been waiting a good twenty-five minutes.
I go to Ireland every six weeks.
More than one person is going to lose his job.
Fish and chips is getting very expensive."
(Practical English Usage by Michael Swan.)
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CalifJim"This group ... are annoying"
Emotion: crying
I'm surprised an intelligent bunch like you(s) didn't pick up on the sarcasm.
Tongue in cheek. Look it up.
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