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Hi there,

I am currently reading Manhattan "Foundation of Verbal" and there is the following example: " Incorrect: Stuyvesant's math team beat Bronx Science." They then emphasise, that team needs to be matched with parallelism. For instance: "CORRECT: Stuyvesant's math team beat Bronx Science's math team." While I understand this, I am having doubts about the other part of the sentence: "team beat ...team" As I understand it team is a collective noun and should therefore always be treated as singular. Shouldn't it be "team beats ... team".

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This is a past tense clause, in which one uses only' beat' for both forms of singular and plural nouns. A progressive tense is a better word in such a case, for denoting an on going action. (Team A is beating Team B.) News reporting such as --Brazil beats France and Argentina beats Germany --- are more notional and less formal
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wow thanks, would have never guessed! and why is it simple past, there is no time information - is past participle also an option? Just asking out of curiousity! :)
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We can use past participle 'had beaten' if there were two events, one fairly well before the other happening. But there is only one event, 'A beat B'. Therefore no use of past participle.
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I am sorry, I used the wrong term, what I actually meant was the present perfect: so "has beaten". Thank you very much for your help!
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