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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?)

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    The subject is 'group' which is singular. Which verb will you use?

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    Do we have to use the singular verb 'was'?

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    Yes, that's right!

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    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.

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