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The Federalist papers, a strong defense of the United States [#permalink]
26 Feb 2014, 14:35
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The Federalist papers, a strong defense of the United States Constitution and important as a body of work in political science as well, represents the handiwork of three different authors. (A) and important as a body of work in political science as well, represents (B) as well as an important body of work in political science, represent (C) and also a body of work of importance in political science is representing (D) an important body of work in political science and has been representative of (E) and as political science an important body of work too, represent
Isn't 'The Federalist Papers' a collective noun, and therefore shouldn't it be singular?
Collective nouns are singular nouns that represent a group. Examples include family, army, company, etc.
In this case the papers are emphasized, so we use the plural form. If we had changed the sentence to use a collective noun we would use a singular verb - The collection of Federalist Papers is one of the most important historical works from the Early American Era. in this example, collection is the collective noun and the focus is on the group, not the papers themselves.
We can do the same with family. My family is driving me crazy. (collective) The members of my family are driving me crazy. (plural)
Re: The Federalist papers, a strong defense of the United States [#permalink]
01 Nov 2016, 08:53
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