A group of adults are self-focused. why is it plural? isn't : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
Check GMAT Club Decision Tracker for the Latest School Decision Releases https://gmatclub.com/AppTrack

 It is currently 23 Feb 2017, 15:53

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# A group of adults are self-focused. why is it plural? isn't

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 29 Jul 2009
Posts: 176
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 72 [0], given: 2

A group of adults are self-focused. why is it plural? isn't [#permalink]

### Show Tags

22 Aug 2009, 15:04
00:00

Difficulty:

(N/A)

Question Stats:

0% (00:00) correct 0% (00:00) wrong based on 0 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

A group of adults are self-focused.

why is it plural? isn't the subject "a group"?
so why isn't it (IS)?
If you have any questions
New!
Senior Manager
Joined: 29 Jul 2009
Posts: 314
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 320 [0], given: 9

Re: A group of people....singular or plural?... [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 Aug 2009, 00:09
it depends on the sentence.
If you are using the group AS A COLLECTIVE- with an emphasis on something that the group does, or is, then use singular.
if you're using the group,talking about an action or state in which the individuals PARTAKE SEPARATELY, then use plural.

A group of adults are self-focused.

here it seems that the author wants to emphasize a property of each individual in the group; therefore he uses the plural form.
Senior Manager
Joined: 27 May 2009
Posts: 282
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 364 [0], given: 18

Re: A group of people....singular or plural?... [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 Aug 2009, 00:36
for ex . a handful of marbels are good see together.. Here we are discussing about marbles.

ex1: this group of students is very naughty.

In your example, it is emphasizing on people not as a group. Still if you provide us with the complete sentence ..we can explain you better
Re: A group of people....singular or plural?...   [#permalink] 23 Aug 2009, 00:36
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
4 Singular Plural? 3 28 Jun 2014, 04:08
1 Why Grammar Isn't Enough on Sentence Correction Questions 0 21 Aug 2013, 11:58
I hope this doesn't sound too silly: Why isn't it "lays 2 20 Mar 2010, 07:48
This is already posted but the explanation isnt clear in the 4 03 Jul 2009, 20:58
is WHAT singlular or plural subject 0 22 Jun 2009, 08:19
Display posts from previous: Sort by