Monday, October 8, 2007
Indianapolis Star, 10/6/07
An in-depth cover story on higher education opens with the following line: "A group of local residents, business people, and education leaders are pushing to create an educational campus that would house numerous higher education institutions in the area." Okay, first of all, this is a story about education, so the editor should make damn sure the grammar & syntax is perfect, right? Then, how about "A group of local... IS pushing to create..." The group is singular, therefore it IS, not ARE. You wouldn't say, "The group are coming to the party." The individual people who comprise the group ARE coming to the party, but the group itself (ONE group, comprised of many individuals) IS coming to the party.