Grammar for Grownups Top 10: A Blooper in the Society Pages


2024 Grammar-for-Grownups Top 10


Number 4: A Blooper in the Society Pages


In recent weeks, several readers have brought up one of my most cringe-worthy grammar peeves: using the incorrect subject-verb agreement with couple.


Couple should be treated as a singular noun. It is a collective noun. I’m afraid you’ll read it incorrectly in the society pages:


Following a honeymoon in Montana, the couple plan to reside in Jackson, Mississippi. 




The grammatically correct sentence is below:


Following a honeymoon in Montana, the couple plans to reside in Jackson, Mississippi.


These are correct agreements:


The couple plans

The couple has

The couple is


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