Singular or Plural ? Today’s French
Singulier ou Pluriel – Le français d’aujourd’hui
It’s sometimes fuzzy to know how to figure out if a noun triggers a singular or plural verb in French, particularly for collective nouns.
A collective noun is a word used in its singular form to express a set of items, 2 or more.
Examples of collective nouns are: the family, the police, the people…
Because it’s not consistent with English, the question is: ‘is this verb singular or plural in French?’
The police ARE (plural) here. ≠ La police EST (singular) là.
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