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An article in 'The Economist'

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Hi All,
Today I was reading an article on 'The Economist' which discussed about recent blast in US. The article's first line was:

"THE Tsarnaev family, like many families from Chechnya, were part of a diaspora that had scattered all over the globe: Turkey, Syria, Poland, and Austria, and, apparently, suburban Massachusetts."

As soon as I started reading I took 'The Tsarnaev family' as the subject and was expecting a singular verb. Clearly that wasn't the case. Am I missing something basic here? Is there any verbal rule that should be followed here?

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2013/04/russian-politics-0
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Hi All,
Today I was reading an article on 'The Economist' which discussed about recent blast in US. The article's first line was:

"THE Tsarnaev family, like many families from Chechnya, were part of a diaspora that had scattered all over the globe: Turkey, Syria, Poland, and Austria, and, apparently, suburban Massachusetts."

As soon as I started reading I took 'The Tsarnaev family' as the subject and was expecting a singular verb. Clearly that wasn't the case. Am I missing something basic here? Is there any verbal rule that should be followed here?

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2013/04/russian-politics-0



Nice question.
Classic example of confusion and play with collective nouns!!

I think here "were" is referring to the tree of family rather than treating family as a singular entity.The sentence later states -scattered all over the globe I think this further highlights the intent of the constituents of the family.So yes...We want singular but based on meaning or intent of author it can be a plural.



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prabsahi wrote:
fugitive wrote:
Hi All,
Today I was reading an article on 'The Economist' which discussed about recent blast in US. The article's first line was:

"THE Tsarnaev family, like many families from Chechnya, were part of a diaspora that had scattered all over the globe: Turkey, Syria, Poland, and Austria, and, apparently, suburban Massachusetts."

As soon as I started reading I took 'The Tsarnaev family' as the subject and was expecting a singular verb. Clearly that wasn't the case. Am I missing something basic here? Is there any verbal rule that should be followed here?

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2013/04/russian-politics-0



Nice question.
Classic example of confusion and play with collective nouns!!

I think here "were" is referring to the tree of family rather than treating family as a singular entity.The sentence later states -scattered all over the globe I think this further highlights the intent of the constituents of the family.So yes...We want singular but based on meaning or intent of author it can be a plural.



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Even family tree --- is also singular. I think it is a sincere mistake.
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prabsahi wrote:
fugitive wrote:
Hi All,
Today I was reading an article on 'The Economist' which discussed about recent blast in US. The article's first line was:

"THE Tsarnaev family, like many families from Chechnya, were part of a diaspora that had scattered all over the globe: Turkey, Syria, Poland, and Austria, and, apparently, suburban Massachusetts."

As soon as I started reading I took 'The Tsarnaev family' as the subject and was expecting a singular verb. Clearly that wasn't the case. Am I missing something basic here? Is there any verbal rule that should be followed here?

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2013/04/russian-politics-0



Nice question.
Classic example of confusion and play with collective nouns!!

I think here "were" is referring to the tree of family rather than treating family as a singular entity.The sentence later states -scattered all over the globe I think this further highlights the intent of the constituents of the family.So yes...We want singular but based on meaning or intent of author it can be a plural.



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Even family tree --- is also singular. I think it is a sincere mistake.


By family tree. I mean constituents of family :)

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Remember The Economist is a British magazine.
In British English, a collective noun can be either singular or plural.

It's correct to say "The family was part of a diaspora" and "The family were part of a diaspora"


But in GMAT, we use American English. Only "The family was part of a diaspora" would be correct.
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Remember The Economist is a British magazine.
In British English, a collective noun can be either singular or plural.

It's correct to say "The family was part of a diaspora" and "The family were part of a diaspora"


But in GMAT, we use American English. Only "The family was part of a diaspora" would be correct.



Hi completing fugitive prabsahi aragonn


Yes esteemed Economist is British magazine indeed.

When I read Economist magazine I am able to read US version.

There are US, UK, EU, and maybe Asian version, not sure about last one, that target specific markets and have slightly different content and usually cover is different for that particular week issue.


For digital versions if you want to subscribe you can pick US version on Kindle/Nook/Zinio :

https://www.economist.com/digital


Moreover, I can recommend also American counterpart Bloomberg Businessweek, either as additional or substitute source.

https://www.bloomberg.com/businessweek/subscribe/



Same story with Financial Times, it is again British Newspaper so best American counterpart would be Wall Street Journal.

https://www.ft.com/world/us

https://www.wsj.com/news/business


New York Times business section is also good way to go.

https://www.nytimes.com/section/business



If you want to cover scientific paragraphs and vocabulary from GMAT, Scientific American and National Geographic are best sources.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/


I can recommend vastly more, both in business and scientific or social sciences, structured/intended as GMAT verbal prep, but I think this is quite enough, especially for non native speakers.


Good luck, happy verbal prep and enjoy reading ! :cool:
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New post 29 Jul 2018, 16:44
thanks for this information. Actually, I was not aware of that it is edited in London. Yes, we can read it in US or UK versions.
GMAT prefers American English.

I will be careful while reading "The Economist" next time.

completing wrote:
Remember The Economist is a British magazine.
In British English, a collective noun can be either singular or plural.

It's correct to say "The family was part of a diaspora" and "The family were part of a diaspora"


But in GMAT, we use American English. Only "The family was part of a diaspora" would be correct.
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