Originally Posted by slayda
Nate, I think both of these fall into that ambiguous area of a collective singular, e.g. team. Should you say "the team is" or "the team are"? INMHO it follows colloquial rules. But I believe grammarians don't fully agree. Just my thoughts.
Yeah, I know. I thought it likely he was following the rules he was taught. But do you want to know how to tell the difference? Do you see that there is no 's' on the end of team? That is how you know it is singular.