Treat “couple” as plural when you mean two individuals, the experts advise, and you’ll avoid agreement problems. The couple were married in Dunn before they left on a honeymoon trip to Ahoskie. You would not write: The couple WAS married in Dunn before IT left on a honeymoon trip to Ahoskie.
“Couple” can be singular if you mean a unit. Each couple in the study group gives $20 toward an annual party at the Wagner in Clayton.
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