When used as a noun, the word "group" identifies more than one thing or more than one person with something in common:
What do they have in common? They’re meeting in the conference room. They are all together in one place and that makes them a group.
Notice that a singular verb is used in the sentence above, even though the idea of a group implies more than one member. In British English, the plural form for "be" (are) would be used. ("The group are meeting….")
Now take a look at this sentence:
If the word "group" is followed by words that emphasize the plural nature of the group, use the plural verb. It would sound strange to say, "A group of people is waiting…."
Here are some more ways in which the word "group" is used:
You can also use the word "group" as a verb:
This is a vulture. He’s ready to eat!
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April 22, 2012