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The following has been sent to me for use in publicity and it seems wrong. A band is an 'is' and not an 'are', surely. And yet this seems more and more common nowadays, e.g.: The Philharmonic Orchestra are presenting their new season of concerts.

 

"The Artisans are an exciting new medieval and Renaissance band emerging from London. They have an interesting variety of well-researched programmes of music spanning four centuries from England, France, Spain and Italy. With exotic dance tunes to rousing chorus songs, their playing enchants all those who hear them."

 

Jasper

asked Jun 11 '11 at 18:36 Jasper Solomon New member

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Patty T. is correct in saying that a band, orchestra--also a football or ice hockey or whatever--is a singular [mass, or group, or collective] noun and thus is is the correct form to use. 

BUT...in her rewrite of your last sentence ["From exotic.....] she has unfortunately made another major blunder: a/the dangling modifier.  "From exotic...chorus songs" is a phrase, not a clause [ie, no verb]. As such, it should modify [ie, describe] the immediately following noun/pronoun--"all" in this case.  But "all" here means "all the people who hear the group's  music, "  whereas the descriptive, or modifying phrase immediately in front of it actually describes the group's repertoire, a word used nowhere in the sentence.

Thus, the phrase "From...songs" just "dangles" in front of the sentence, modifying nothing at all.

A dangling [or misplaced] modifier is a grammatical error. freshman comp level

link comment answered Jun 16 '11 at 15:49 laseniora11@hotmail.com New member

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