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    Subject-Verb Agreement

    I am very confused. I am so sure that in subject-verb agreement, family is collective and so takes a singular verb: The family of James Brown wishes to thank the following....

    I just need a confirmation before I print out my thank you cards. Somebody please help me asap...

    thank you


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    Re: Subject-Verb Agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by arabatee View Post
    I am very confused. I am so sure that in subject-verb agreement, family is collective and so takes a singular verb: The family of James Brown wishes to thank the following....

    I just need a confirmation before I print out my thank you cards. Somebody please help me asap...

    thank you
    This is correct. Family is singular: "one family wishes"

    However, in British English it could be that "family" is treated as a plural, not singular. A BrE speaker would have to comment on that.

    This usage note might be helpful as well: collective noun.

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