Not sure that you would ever say the police is coming!

alison

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2017

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Not sure that you would ever say the police is coming!

This relates to:
Nouns that are plural in English but singular in French, and vice versa -

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

25 July 2017

25/07/17

Hi Alison - where did you read "the police is coming"?

alison

Kwiziq community member

25 July 2017

25/07/17

I didnt actually read the police is coming but I did read your translation of "The police is going to arrest the criminal.The police are going to arrest the criminal."

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

25 July 2017

25/07/17

Oh I see. Yes, that's not a brilliant example of police in the singular. Certainly in the UK, these days we would tend to add 'force' or 'officer' if the plurality of the noun in context needed clarification. "The police [force] is considering legal action...] The police [officers] are considering legal action".

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