In American English, most collective nouns take singular verbs — except when a sentence emphasises the individuals in the group, not the group as a whole. In British English, collective nouns are more often treated as plurals that take plural verbs. A collective noun names a group of individuals or things with a singular form. … Read moreCollective nouns and consistency.
I arrived at the bus stop in time. I arrived at the bus stop on time. “In time” usually has an implicit “for (some event)”, whereas “on time” means “before some deadline”. The “event” could be a deadline, but in that case “on time” is much more common. I got there in time – meaning … Read moreIn time or on time?