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Episode 01

Philip is the CEO of WebWare, an IT company. He needs to hire a new sales director as soon as possible.

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Nivel de idioma

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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that is very good strive for interview episode keep it up

Hi,
 In the "You're Hired" home page, i feel that there is a mistake in the sentence
"WebWare, a successful IT company, are suddenly in need of a new Sales Director. Follow Philip Hart and Marcia Boardman as they take us through the process of recruiting a new team member".

Hi Anishjp

Collective nouns represent groups of people e.g. the government, the team, the company. These nouns are singular and we say a new government or a successful company.

Some people say that these nouns should be followed by singular verb forms.

  • My team is in the lead.
  • The government wants to ban smoking in public places.

However, you will often find that in British English many people use plural verb forms and pronouns.

  • My team are in the lead.
  • The government want to ban smoking in public places.

So in the example from the text in British English you can say both:

  • WebWare, a successful IT company, is suddenly in need of a new Sales Director.
  • WebWare, a successful IT company, are suddenly in need of a new Sales Director.

People often use the singular verb form if they are thinking of the group as an impersonal unit and the plural if they are thinking of the individuals who make up the group doing things.

  • The army is responsible for the safety of the people.
  • The football team are practising in the gym and they're using most of the equipment.

Hope this helps.

Kevan Cummins
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for the tip Kevan

Thanks Kevan it's very clear now.

Thanks, I hope that I will be able to enhance my language skills afeter these lessions. I need to spek with more accuracy and with more self-confident.

Kindly, more and more Episodes.

that is what I was looking for :-) thnx a lot

 excellent!!!!!!!!!!!! it gives good idea about why we must get responsibilities by heart.

working as a team core

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