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Before reading any further, can you guess which of these terms best defines germinal?  
disease             of German origin           original             foreign


Germinal: (Adj.) Something that is just starting to happen. The start of something. Seeds of later development.

      Maggie joined the organization during its germinal stage in the 1960s, when they were not sure it would be successful.

      His mother was the germinal financier of this now booming clothing business.

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More on Word Usage—Collective Nouns

Words such as group, committee, and variety that denote collections of people still take singular verbs and pronouns. The collective noun is regarded as one unit, therefore it should take a singular verb

      The variety of students illustrates the makeup of the school system.
      A group of parents bakes cookies and pies for the annual fundraising event.

Rarely, when the individuals in the collection are emphasized, use of a plural verb is acceptable.
      The faculty were divided in their support for the new dress code.
      The couple are from Rhode Island and Greece.

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