Add it to the singular form of the third person of regular verbs that end in -sh, -x, -ch, and -s. (I want me to fix/fix to you, look/look, kiss/Kiss.) A collective name is a name that identifies more than one person, place or thing and considers those people, places or things as a single entity. Since collective nouns are counted as one, they are singular and require a singular verb. Some frequently used collective names are group, team, army, herd, family, and class. The verb had to be “were.” The singular “model” in the intermediate sentence distracts because it is closer to the verb than the subject itself. If you can replace the word they with the compound subject, the sentence takes the plural form of the third person. In English, subject-verb concordance is important. This means that the properties of the subject must be reflected in the verb. For example, if a subject is singular, the verb must also be singular. . . .