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# A group of students who have begun to clean up Frederick Law

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40. A group of students who have begun to clean up Frederick Law Olmstead's Morning Park in New York City believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but to be returned to its former condition
1)believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but to
2)believe that the park needs to not be redesigned but to
3)believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but could
4)believe that the park needs not to be redesigned but to
5)believe that the park needs not to be redesigned but that it

I picked D instead of A. Can anybody explain why "believe" should take the singular verbal form? I thought "a group of students" should always be plural versus "the group of students" that is singular.
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01 Aug 2007, 17:56
A group of students is singular...'of students' is just a middleman.
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01 Aug 2007, 17:57
beckee529 wrote:
40. A group of students who have begun to clean up Frederick Law Olmstead's Morning Park in New York City believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but to be returned to its former condition
1)believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but to
2)believe that the park needs to not be redesigned but to
3)believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but could
4)believe that the park needs not to be redesigned but to
5)believe that the park needs not to be redesigned but that it

I picked D instead of A. Can anybody explain why "believe" should take the singular verbal form? I thought "a group of students" should always be plural versus "the group of students" that is singular.

Choices are A and C because the sentence needs singular verb "believes". Also we need correct idiom: not x (to be designed) but y (but to be returned).

A group (of students) is a singular because it defines a group. A group and a number are different.
A number of students = plural.
The number of students = Singular
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01 Aug 2007, 18:00
Himalayan wrote:
beckee529 wrote:
40. A group of students who have begun to clean up Frederick Law Olmstead's Morning Park in New York City believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but to be returned to its former condition
1)believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but to
2)believe that the park needs to not be redesigned but to
3)believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but could
4)believe that the park needs not to be redesigned but to
5)believe that the park needs not to be redesigned but that it

I picked D instead of A. Can anybody explain why "believe" should take the singular verbal form? I thought "a group of students" should always be plural versus "the group of students" that is singular.

Choices are A and C because the sentence needs singular verb "believes". Also we need correct idiom: not x (to be designed) but y (but to be returned).

A group (of students) is a singular because it defines a group. A group and a number are different.
A number of students = plural.
The number of students = Singular

Thanks for clearing the confusion!! Very good to know for the test...
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01 Aug 2007, 18:55
A group of students who have begun...believe

Only D makes sense. A may be an OA but how do you deny D?

I understand the effect of 'group of students' is singular but 'have begun' in non-underlined section leaving me no choice but to pick the one with 'believe'.
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01 Aug 2007, 20:23
A group of students who have begun to clean up Frederick Law Olmstead's Morning Park in New York City believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but to be returned to its former condition

WHO which is a relative pronoun should relate to the closest noun "students"

A group which is a single entity represents a singular noun.

A stands...

Also remove the text in GREEN below

A group of students who have begun to clean up Frederick Law Olmstead's Morning Park in New York City believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but to be returned to its former condition
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02 Aug 2007, 00:59
ok .. I also thought that A group of students is singular. But then why are they using "who have" If it is singular shouldn't it be "who has"? "HAVE" is plural!?
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02 Aug 2007, 02:15
group is singular, so need believes. 2,4 and 5 out. Between 1 and 3, take 1 for parallelism.
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02 Aug 2007, 02:21
Some nouns, like committee, clergy, enemy, group, family, and team, refer to a group but are singular in form. These nouns are called collective nouns. In American usage, a collective noun takes a singular verb when it refers to the collection considered as a whole, as in The family was united on this question or The enemy is suing for peace. It takes a plural verb when it refers to the members of the group considered as individuals, as in My family are always fighting among themselves or The enemy were showing up in groups of three or four to turn in their weapons. In British usage, collective nouns are more often treated as plurals: The government have not announced a new policy. The team are playing in the test matches next week. 1
Be careful not to treat a collective noun as both singular and plural in the same construction. Thus you should say The family is determined to press its (not their) claim.
I am certain D is the right answer to this question.

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group is singular, so need believes. 2,4 and 5 out. Between 1 and 3, take 1 for parallelism.
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02 Aug 2007, 02:25
I agree I think D is the right answer. It already uses 'have' initially. Which means that it is plural. Although group is usually singular.
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02 Aug 2007, 03:27
trivikram wrote:
A group of students who have begun to clean up Frederick Law Olmstead's Morning Park in New York City believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but to be returned to its former condition

WHO which is a relative pronoun should relate to the closest noun "students"

A group which is a single entity represents a singular noun.

A stands...

Also remove the text in GREEN below

A group of students who have begun to clean up Frederick Law Olmstead's Morning Park in New York City believes that the park needs not to be redesigned but to be returned to its former condition

Yeah I thought about 'who' being relative pronoun and working on 'students' instead of 'a group of students' but honestly nothing in the sentence logically separates (with comma or hypen) the two parts ...have begun...beleives.
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02 Aug 2007, 03:36
A group (of students who have begun to clean up Frederick Law Olmstead's Morning Park in New York City) believes that the park needs

not to be redesigned
but to be returned to its former condition
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02 Aug 2007, 09:50
bmpwhype's representation is very clear
Just to add to bmw's post:

bmwhype2 wrote:
A group (of students [who have begun to clean up Frederick Law Olmstead's Morning Park in New York City]) believes that the park needs

text in bracket is modifying "a group"
text in square barackets is modifying "students"

not to be redesigned
but to be returned to its former condition
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