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    #1

    Please help me with grammar.

    How do you delete an earlier post?!!!
    Last edited by Lori L. Luther; 23-Sep-2011 at 04:02.

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    #2

    Re: Please help me with grammar.

    In the US, we tend to use the singular for nouns like "family." Other dialects tend to use the plural.

    We'd be more likely to say:
    The company is
    The team is
    The jury is
    The family is (or was, in this case.)

    Others might say
    The company are
    The team are
    The jury are
    The family were
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: Please help me with grammar.

    Yes, I've noticed this too. In American English, they would say

    Real Madrid is eager to win the Champions League for the 10th time.


    Many British sources would say

    Real Madrid are eager to win the Champions League for the 10th time.

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