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    I'm redrafting an Higher English essay for tomorrow and I have a sentence in it that I am unsure of.

    "The British public remains notoriously reluctant to donate."

    My teacher marked my essay and hasn't written anything about it, but it's worrying me - should it not be "remain" instead of "remains"?

    He remains, they remain - is public a plural noun or like a singular entity?

    Or does it not matter?
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    I'm redrafting an Higher English essay for tomorrow and I have a sentence in it that I am unsure of.

    "The British public remains notoriously reluctant to donate."

    My teacher marked my essay and hasn't written anything about it, but it's worrying me - should it not be "remain" instead of "remains"?

    He remains, they remain - is public a plural noun or like a singular entity?

    Or does it not matter?
    Generally speaking, you'd go for singular noun with singular verb agreement = the public remains. To be honest (with British English more than American English) collective nouns/some proper names often appear with plural verb forms and it's not a big deal. (The crowd surge towards me...Arsenal are hugely disappointing). Some pedants get upset about it though.
 
 
 
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