posted by rfvv on .
1. A group of penguins were taking off to the sky.
2. A group of penguins was taking off to the sky.
(Which one is right? Do we have to use 'swere' or 'was' here?)
The subject is 'group' which is singular. Which verb will you use?
Do we have to use the singular verb 'was'?
Yes, that's right!
When figuring out the subject, take out prepositional phrases. In this case, the prepositional phrase is "of penguins."
A group was...
A group were...
"Was" obviously sounds correct.