Which is correct GRAMMAR?

Which is correct GRAMMAR?

Which of the following statements is correct grammar in standard English?

1. The group of apples are ripe.

2. The group of apples is ripe.

Please vote in the poll below.

#1 - "The group of apples are ripe." is correct
#2 - "The group of apples is ripe." is correct
#1 and #2 - They are both correct... "The group of apples is/are ripe."
Neither is correct - all the apples are rotten
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The correct answer is... it depends.
In American English, "group" is singular, therefore the singular verb "is" is correct... "The group of apples is ripe."
In some other English variants, British English for example, collective nouns like "group", "team" etc. are considered plural, and take the plural verb "are" ... "The group of apples are ripe."

It's interesting that the poll results confirm that, with about the same number of people preferring "is" as prefer "are".
Which is correct GRAMMAR?
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