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Hi everyone,
Could you help me with this sentence? Is it correct?

"What is the police doing? Can't they enforce the traffic rules?"

Thank you
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I agree with you, Barbara. We should not confuse learners. However, I'm willing to accept that 'police' can be a singular noun if the one insisting that it is so could prove his assertion through an authoritative source. But if he refused to search for it, I cannot accept what he asserts. Marcius and Magda have made the effort to search for the missing link. And I accept willingly that 'police' can indeed be singular although I would use the version used by the majority, the plural version found in all my dictionaries.
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No warz please. There's a point where a matter of principle turns into its opposite.

Regards,

Slava
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I am very grateful to J. Lewis and everybody for explaining the context where "police" can be used with singular verb. Now I know that, while "police" is a plural verb, the sentence "what is the police doing?" is correct (though not very common). But for this thread, and some very informative posts, I would be racking my brains over such a sentence whenever I see it. Now, I won't be confused Emotion: smile.

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Magda
Hello Magda

Now I know that, while "police" is a plural verb, the sentence "what is the police doing?" is correct (though not very common).

Please note that 'police' is a plural noun, not verb.
A slip of the mouse, but thanks.
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