As we mention in Rule 9 of the subject verb agreement, a collective noun such as the company may, depending on the author`s intention, adopt a singular or pluralistic verb. Since the author has chosen to clarify companies as “those who” it seems that your friend prefers a plural interpretation. The sentence could be reworded to avoid the collective question of noun-verb: in your second sentence, the word “College`s” is more possessive than plural. We recommend focusing on the theme of the phrase which is “vision.” Even in formal writing, an em dash should be used sparingly. I think the singular verb is just because the subject is a unit, but I want to be sure. If that is not true, I want to know why. John, I just read the phrase “The couple is a honeymoon in Barbados” in one of our Broadsheet newspapers, and unlike you, it seems to me to disagree. After completing my secondary education in 1966, I can only assume that there may have been different priorities during the education process in America and Ireland. Besides, when I asked a number of friends – usually below 30 – I got an initial 60/40% tendency to use “are” in the sentence above. I wonder if there is a definitive legal interpretation of the verb to be used in this case? From what you said, we cannot say whether you are commenting to a team or more than one team, whether you are referring to the number of teams or the number of players on each team. We also do not know what happened before this sentence to justify the beginning with the word “but.” Finally, team grouping is a strange formulation. We do not understand what that means. We`re sorry, but we can`t recommend how you can write your sentence correctly.
For example, the team eats with their family tonight. If it is a sandbox, a singular verb must be used. In addition, our rule 1 of number writing says: “Spell out all the numbers starting a sentence.” To be consistent, we recommend spelling both digits. The term “one in fifteen” does not require dashes. Then write, “One in 15 people in Wisconsin don`t have health insurance.” 1.