Problem: Whether to use singular or plural verbs and pronouns with collective nouns that represent a group, such as "board," "jury" and "staff."
Lesson: The answer depends upon whether the group's pieces are acting together or as individuals.
"The staff were organized into three groups." Note: You could avoid the problem altogether by using "staff members."
"The jury is sequestered."
Don't mix singular verbs and plural pronouns for the same collective noun.
Wrong: "The board meets regularly and follows their agenda tightly."
Right: The board meets regularly and follows its agenda tightly."
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