family- This is a collective noun. For the most part, American English speakers treat collective nouns as singular forms. British English speakers often treat collective nouns as plural forms.Originally Posted by ripley
My family are - British
My family is - American
I've heard AE speakers treat collective nouns as plural forms, but it's very infrequent. It hardly ever happens in AE. It's always been on the radio that I've heard collective nouns used this way in AE. And as I say, it's very seldom. In AE, I'd stick with "my family is".
I believe BE speakers can go either way on this.
Would a BE speaker care to comment here?
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