It causes all sorts of confusion. So when, exactly, do you use ‘is’, and when is ‘are’ appropriate?
Take one common example. Should you say, “the team are” or “the team is”? It’s actually about the number of things you’re describing, whether singular or plural.
- A team is a single entity. So you’d say, “The team is…”
- The people in the team are individuals, and there are several of them. So you could say, “The team members are doing a great job” or “one team member is doing a great job”, but never,“the team are doing a great job”