As an interesting aside, the British always use plural verbs with collective nouns. On May 15, 2001, I was watching a BBC-produced documentary about a blues musician who made a comeback. Describing the musician’s band, the narrator said:
The British delight in saying: The jury have reached the verdict. But what do they know? They just invented the language. We refined it! (That will definitely get me in trouble!)
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