- The crowd is clapping their hands.
- The crowd are clapping their hands.
- The crowd is clapping its hands.
Which one of the above is a correct sentence?
The word 'crowd', being a collective noun, can take a singular verb when the members of the group are doing the same thing at the same time.
Then, what about its possessive pronoun? Should it be its or their ?
This site (dummies.com) says "Body parts always belong to individuals, not to groups." It means that "their" is correct. But the site does not say about the verb whether it should be singular or plural in a sentence like the ones shown above.