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Researchers now regard interferon as not a single

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But similarly we have another word POLICE.

" the police " are and not the "police is ".

CAN YOU SHED SOME LIGHT ON THESE

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Hello ankushbagwale,

I would like to help you with this one. :-)

It is true that the word police is always a plural noun. It does not have a singular form. Hence, we say: The police are doing their job.

Now, take a look at the following sentences:

The police department is yet to release its statement on this case.

The police force ensures the safety of the citizens.

A police officer is on patrol
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All the above mentioned sentences use singular verbs because the word police has been used as an adjective for the singular noun entities department, force, and officer respectively in these sentences.


Hope this helps. :-)
Thanks.
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ankushbagwale wrote:
mikemcgarry wrote:
kaushalik wrote:
mikemcgarry
a biological family of complex molecules that play an important

Shouldn't it be family that plays and not family not that play?
That is why I chose b as answer

Dear kaushalik,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

The noun "family" is a collective noun. This means that it includes many members, but is a singular noun. Because it's a singular noun, it must have a singular verb. This is ALWAYS true for collective nouns:
The company is . . .
The baseball team is . . .
The university faculty is . . .
The interim government is . . .

See:
Subject-Verb Agreement on GMAT Sentence Correction

Does this make sense?
Mike :-)



But similarly we have another word POLICE.

" the police " are and not the "police is ".

CAN YOU SHED SOME LIGHT ON THESE

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People and Police are collective noun/group noun in form but are used as Plural.

She's happy with the way the police have handled the case.-- correct

She's happy with the way the police has handled the case.--incorrect

It's been my experience that people are generally forgiving.--correct

It's been my experience that people is generally forgiving.--incorrect
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kaushalik wrote:
Exactly @mikemcgurry
So family should take singular verb
The family PLAYS
And not the family PLAY

Hi !!

The word "play" is not for the family, it is for "the molecules". ...."the molecules that play....". "That" is essential over here because if you remove it, the essential information defining what roles the complex molecules play will be lost.

Hence, C is the right choice and no error with "play".

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Isn???t C supposed to be : not as a single substance but as a biological family of complex molecules that plays

I think ???A biological family??? should considered as a singular noun...
Can anyone explain this please?

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C. not as a single substance but as a biological family of complex molecules that play
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New post 25 Jul 2018, 15:40
Hello Everyone!

Let's take a look at this question, and figure out how to get to the correct answer quickly! Here is the original question, with any major differences between each answer highlighted in orange:

Researchers now regard interferon as not a single substance, but it is rather a biological family of complex molecules that play an important, though not entirely defined, role in the immune system.

A. as not a single substance, but it is rather a biological family of complex molecules that play
B. as not a single substance but as a biological family of complex molecules playing
C. not as a single substance but as a biological family of complex molecules that play
D. not to be a single substance but rather a biological family of complex molecules playing
E. not as a single substance but instead as being a biological family of complex molecules that play

After glancing over the major differences between each answer, one thing pops out right away: parallelism! We have two items we're dealing with: a single substance & a biological family of complex molecules. To make this sentence sound clear and correct, it's best to use parallel structure to refer to both items. So let's see which answers use parallel structure, and eliminate those that don't.

A. as not a single substance, but it is rather a biological family of complex molecules that play --> WRONG / NOT PARALLEL
(For this to be parallel, it would need to say "as not a single substance, but a biological family."

B. as not a single substance but as a biological family of complex molecules playing --> WRONG / NOT PARALLEL
(Again, for this to be parallel, it would need to say "as not a single substance but a biological family."

C. not as a single substance but as a biological family of complex molecules that play --> CORRECT / PARALLEL
(This uses parallel structure to start both phrases by beginning both with the words "as a...")

D. not to be a single substance but rather a biological family of complex molecules playing --> WRONG / NOT PARALLEL
(For this to be parallel, it would need to say "not to be a single substance, but to be a biological family...")

E. not as a single substance but instead as being a biological family of complex molecules that play --> WRONG / NOT PARALLEL
(For this to be parallel, it would need to say "not as a single substance, but as a biological family...")

Well there you have it! Option C is the correct answer because it is the only answer that uses parallel structure!


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