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    My family always get together when my birthday comes.

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    I say 'My family always gets....' because I consider "family" to be an 'it', an 'it' with several parts. Others consider family to be plural (they) and say 'get'.

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    Can I treat the word family two ways, singular and plural, or is it at all times singular? What if I refer to the individual members of my family, do I need to say "My family members"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Can I treat the word family two ways, singular and plural, or is it at all times singular? What if I refer to the individual members of my family, do I need to say "My family members"?
    Disclaimer: I am not a teacher.
    Family can be both plural and singular" in meaning, depending on whether you treat it as an entity or individuals.
    In you sentence, in my opinion, "family" itself cannot get together but its members can." So, I will be with you.

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    As a British English speaker, I am happy with 'my family get together'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    As a British English speaker, I am happy with 'my family get together'.

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    Thanks guys! Thanks a lot!!!

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