Luton Borough Council
The semi-colon acts as a weak full stop or a strong comma, to separate two very closely related sentences:
- We have studied this problem for several days; there are no easy answers.
- I drive an old car; Steve drives a new one.
Subject verb agreement
Nouns denoting a single group of people, for example:
- public, use a singular verb, for example: the team is organising…; the public needs information.
If you prefer the plural form of a group noun, write ‘members of’ or personalise in some other way, for example: members of the team are organising; members of the public need information.
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