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English translation: Business class always takes off first

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15:28 May 17, 2002
English to English translations [PRO]
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English term or phrase: question de grammaire
Choose the right sentence among the following:
"Business Class always take off first."
"Business Class always takes off first."

I know you would write "the Police have" and not "the Police has", but here, is "business class" considered as a group?
bobdelbart
Local time: 11:23
English translation:Business class always takes off first
Explanation:
Yes, I think "class" here acts as a collective noun, and takes the singular connotation, thus using the verb "takes."
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Bill Greendyk
United States
Local time: 05:23
Grading comment
Thank you Bill, and Mary for the precision.
And remember:
Business Class always takes off first.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
4 +14Business class always takes off first
Bill Greendyk


  

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1 min   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +14
Business class always takes off first


Explanation:
Yes, I think "class" here acts as a collective noun, and takes the singular connotation, thus using the verb "takes."

Bill Greendyk
United States
Local time: 05:23
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 24
Grading comment
Thank you Bill, and Mary for the precision.
And remember:
Business Class always takes off first.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Piotr Kurek: obviously so
1 min

agree  Nikki Graham
2 mins

agree  Attila Piróth: Definitely
6 mins

agree  Mary Worby: The police have is technically wrong, but often used. Business Class takes off first, or Business Class planes always take off first. (-:
6 mins

agree  jerrie
6 mins

agree  jccantrell: In the USA, for sure (unless you are FIRST Class!).
8 mins

agree  eolmedo
11 mins

agree  xxxjerryk
13 mins

agree  ntext
15 mins

agree  xxxElena Sgarbo
17 mins

agree  5Q: But your point about 'Police have/has' is also cultural. There is a difference between English Eng and American Eng. on this issue, just like 'data' and other terms.
30 mins

agree  RHELLER
31 mins

agree  Сергей Лузан
18 hrs

agree  AhmedAMS
4 days
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