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The police have significantly reduced violent crime and are [#permalink] New post 04 May 2013, 00:07
The police have significantly reduced violent crime and are pleased with them for doing it.

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If you notice any pronoun errors in a sentence, correct the sentence by altering the pronoun(s).
Explain what rules are violated by the incorrect sentences. If a sentence is correct, mark it with the word
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Re: The police have significantly [#permalink] New post 04 May 2013, 00:10
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My only query in this one is whether "The Police" is singular or plural.

The police has significantly reduced violent crime and is pleased with ITSELF for doing so.

However the answer is

The police have significantly reduced violent crime and are pleased with (themselves) for doing so.
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Re: The police have significantly [#permalink] New post 04 May 2013, 00:20
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My only query in this one is whether "The Police" is singular or plural.

The police has significantly reduced violent crime and is pleased with ITSELF for doing so.

However the answer is

The police have significantly reduced violent crime and are pleased with (themselves) for doing so.


The Police --- Here refers to a group and should be plural
I think this usage is similar to one with
The Americans, The Hindus, the Russians --- All plural
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Re: The police have significantly [#permalink] New post 04 May 2013, 02:30
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It is always good to consult a dictionary for such queries:
Dictionary.com wrote:
police:
1. Also called police force. an organized civil force for maintaining order, preventing and detecting crime, and enforcing the laws.
2. ( used with a plural verb ) members of such a force: Several police are patrolling the neighborhood.
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