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# Police is or Police are?

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31 Jul 2012, 06:21
Hi..
While reading about the collective nouns section, i read that Police is one of the collective nouns and is thus always treated as singular.
However, i have read many conflicting articles all over the internet and am thus confused.

Kindly clarify whether - "Police is" OR "Police are" ??
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31 Jul 2012, 09:34
Police is plural when you refer to people and singular when you are talking about an organization .

See this : is-police-singular-or-plural-here-are-some-of-the-1105.html

or this : http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises ... h-7495.php
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31 Jul 2012, 12:50
Zynga wrote:
Police is plural when you refer to people and singular when you are talking about an organization .

See this : is-police-singular-or-plural-here-are-some-of-the-1105.html

or this : http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises ... h-7495.php

I actually disagree with bb on this one; my understanding, confirmed by a quick Google check, is that "the police" is always plural, and we refer to "a policeman/woman" or "a police department/force" when we need a singular form of "the police."
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