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Rule "a fleet of ships are (is)"

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Description: a fleet of ships are (is)
Message: Possible verb agreement error. Did you mean \4? (Some collective nouns can be treated as both singular and plural, so '\4' is not always incorrect.)
Category: Grammar (ID: GRAMMAR)
Link: https://languagetool.org/insights/post/collective-nouns/
Incorrect sentences
that this rule can detect:
  • A fleet of ships are spotted.
    Correction suggestion: is
  • This data from the Book of Trades document the changes to society.
    Correction suggestion: documents
Correct sentences
for comparison:
  • A fleet of ships is spotted.
  • ...involvement of the inhabitants drove the band of thugs out of the town.
  • I'm taking a couple of days off.
  • What sort of curtains do you think would go with the carpet?
  • References to the concept of atoms date back to ancient Greece and India.
  • ...at the periphery of syllables like consonants, and moves at...
  • Today an impression of some of those original textile tradesmen can be had from the Book of Trades document created by Thomas.
  • For a detailed Table of Contents please open the attached file.
  • Two antipopes used the regnal name Victor IV: Laws are adopted by majority vote of members present or, if the president demands a second reading, of a total membership.
  • He carried a bag of algae bread in his wings.
  • Only a handful of activists are articulate in our union.
  • A couple of swallows are flying overhead.
  • Only a handful of men want to take childcare leave.
  • Laws are adopted by majority vote of members present or, if the president...
  • Only at the very end of the chain of actions can we expect the outcome to change.
  • The jokes that Tom makes about the land of kangaroos don't make us think that he will be a very successful comedian.
  • Telution, a provider of operations support applications for the ordering, delivery...
  • A paragraph is a unit of sentences found within a larger body of text that revolve around one main idea.
  • What sort of dreams have you been having?
  • Technically, the proposal can be passed if four percent of lenders are in favour of the termination notice.
  • Technically, the proposal can be passed if four per cent of lenders are in favour of the termination notice.
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ID: COLLECTIVE_NOUN_VERB_AGREEMENT_VBP [1]
Version: 6.5-SNAPSHOT (2024-05-23 22:33:06 +0200)