A collective noun can take either a singular or a plural verb. Note that collective nouns are always singular in American English.
- The committee has submitted its report.
- The committee are still discussing the matter.
Is It Wrong to Ever Split an Infinitive?
An infinitive is a particular verb form which expresses the verbal idea in its simplest form. It has no marking for tense, person or mood. In English, the infinitive is the verb form which can immediately follow a modal auxiliary verb like should or must.
- I should go now.
- We will wait.
- I want to go.
- We will have to wait.
In some sentences, however, the intervening adverb cannot be shifted to another position without changing the meaning of the sentence.
For example consider the sentence ‘She wishes to really understand his motives’. Now try changing the position of the adverb really:
- She really wishes to understand his motives.
- She wishes really to understand his motives.
- She wishes to understand really his motives.
The use of split infinitives in such cases has been justified by modern grammarians.