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# Is Police Singular or Plural?

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Is Police Singular or Plural?  [#permalink]

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24 Oct 2018, 11:06
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Which of the following sentences is correct:
1. Police was informed
2. Police were informed
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Re: Is Police Singular or Plural?  [#permalink]

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24 Oct 2018, 11:50
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When acting as a noun it is always plural.
Eg.
The Police have been informed.

When acting as a modifier it can be singular.
Eg.
The police force has arrived.

Or plural
Eg.
The policemen have arrived.

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24 Oct 2018, 21:02
Thank you @udit816; well explained...

udit816 wrote:
When acting as a noun it is always plural.
Eg.
The Police have been informed.

When acting as a modifier it can be singular.
Eg.
The police force has arrived.

Or plural
Eg.
The policemen have arrived.

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30 Oct 2018, 14:32
Nighat Bano wrote:
Which of the following sentences is correct:
1. Police was informed
2. Police were informed

Collective nouns are always singular.

So police, a collective noun, is very much singular.
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30 Oct 2018, 21:18
Aamirso, Yes collective nouns are treated as singular, however in case of "Police", it is treated as Plural, this is what I have found after a lot of research everywhere on internet.
Also check the response of udit816, he has very well explained it.

Aamirso wrote:
Nighat Bano wrote:
Which of the following sentences is correct:
1. Police was informed
2. Police were informed

Collective nouns are always singular.

So police, a collective noun, is very much singular.
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02 Nov 2018, 23:09
haha! This is such a craziest question in my whole life.
Re: Is Police Singular or Plural?   [#permalink] 02 Nov 2018, 23:09
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