Why is it “La pública esta aplaudiendo” instead of “están”? Isn’t the public plural?

CeliaA2Kwiziq community member

Why is it “La pública esta aplaudiendo” instead of “están”? Isn’t the public plural?

Asked 8 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Celia

Although in English, "the public" can be either singular or plural, in Spanish, this collective noun is always singular and we need to conjugate in the 3rd person singular, not plural. 

Hope it helps.

Saludos

Inma

InmaKwiziq team member

I have actually added a hint to that question, saying that it is a singular noun, to avoid confusion.

:))

CeliaA2Kwiziq community member

¡Muchas gracias! :)

Why is it “La pública esta aplaudiendo” instead of “están”? Isn’t the public plural?

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