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Aug 3 2012   8:32PM GMT

Is a network of doctors and hospitals a singular subject or a plural one?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
An accountable care organization (ACO) is a network of doctors and hospitals that _____ responsibility for providing care to patients.
a. share
b. shares

Answer: b.

These ones get a little tricky. The conventional rule is that, because the singular noun network is the subject of the verb is, it takes the verb shares: The network shares responsibility.

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