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    Family

    hello!

    Could you tell me why is correct in English this form: "All the family go fishing"...???
    I would say: All the family goes fishing...

    Is it a property of the verb (to go foshing)???
    or...is it a property of family???

    Thank you for answering!

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    Re: Family

    Quote Originally Posted by lady_bird13 View Post
    hello!

    Could you tell me why is correct in English this form: "All the family go fishing"...???
    I would say: All the family goes fishing...

    Is it a property of the verb (to go foshing)???
    or...is it a property of family???

    Thank you for answering!
    The verb is connected to the family, but see the following link for information about collective nouns being singular or plural:

    The Collective Noun

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    Re: Family

    we can say family' is' or 'are '.
    My family is here. I mean all of them are here.

    My family are here. I mean most of them are here.

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    Re: Family

    Thank you very much!

    So I can say that both of these forms are correct, it' sdepends on he meaning, Am I right?

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    Re: Family

    Quote Originally Posted by lady_bird13 View Post
    Thank you very much!

    So I can say that both of these forms are correct, it' sdepends on he meaning, Am I right?
    It depends on the context, yes. If you click on the link I sent, I think that gives a very clear explanation!

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    Re: Family

    Quote Originally Posted by lady_bird13 View Post
    Thank you very much!

    So I can say that both of these forms are correct, it' sdepends on he meaning, Am I right?
    Yes, both are correct. It depends on whether you are seeing the family as a single unit or as several individual people.

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