Find guidance on a few grammar rules that are often a source of confusion.
Nouns such as
family, faculty, jury, class, staff, committee, etc., that denote a group can take either a singular or plural verb. The choice depends on whether one is referring to individuals of the group or to the group as a whole.
The faculty is represented by two unions.The faculty have divided opinions on that issue.
A frequent problem in writing is shifts in tense and voice, especially in sentences introducing a series of phrases. For example: Underachieving students are: distractible, anxious, unable to schedule and
have poor test strategies.The writer has forgotten the verb is already stated before the colon.
System-level activities could facilitate the process through the dissemination of information, sponsorship of symposia and
develop new textbooks.Here the writer shifts from nouns to verb form.