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Grammar saw us wrecks | IF THE U.K. AND U.S. GRAMMAR NAZI TEAMS COMPETED, WOULD IT BE 'THE U.K. TEAM IS WINNING' OR 'THE U.K. TEAM ARE WINNING'? | image tagged in memes,philosoraptor,grammar nazi,bad grammar,grammar | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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Like class, group, bunch, handful, audience, "team" is a "collective" noun--they take singular verb forms although they refer to more than one. If you are referring to the members of the group you use the plural:

Class IS in session. The studentS ARE working. THIS handful IS blue. They [the individual items in the handful] ARE cheap.
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Thank you. True, in U.S. English, and when you are referring to the group as a whole, which means you're more likely to hear 'is'. But Australian English (we use British English) prefers to consider the individual members rather than the group as a whole, so we use class are, group are, bunch are, audience are, Samsung are, the U.S. are. As I teach E.S.L. to students from Asia whom have learnt U.S. English and wish to study here, or do some labour, the amount of differences can drive them to drink! :)
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What a dilemma :-)
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Hehe. Perfect!
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I loved your title too - awesome :-)
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Many thanks! :)
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