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    Capulet doesn't or don't

    Hello.

    In this exercise from Michael Vince's English Grammar in Context in d should it be 'Capulet doesn't allow' or 'don't allow'? With the word 'family' either a plural or a singular verb can be used but are they talking about the family or Tybalt?

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    Re: Capulet doesn't or don't

    Capulet is the name of the head of the family. Capulet doesn't allow this.
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    Re: Capulet doesn't or don't

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Capulet is the name of the head of the family. Capulet doesn't allow this.
    With 'The Capulets' should I use 'don't' or 'doesn't'?

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    Re: Capulet doesn't or don't

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    With 'The Capulets' should I use 'don't' or 'doesn't'?
    What do you think? Is "Capulets" singular or plural?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Capulet doesn't or don't

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What do you think? Is "Capulets" singular or plural?
    It's plural of course but I read in my textbook that when talking about a family either a singular or a plural can be used. Maybe it is correct when the word 'family' itself is present. Is it?

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    Re: Capulet doesn't or don't

    Adding the word "family" would certainly make a difference, but in that case the surname wouldn't be pluralised.

    The Capulets ...
    The Capulet family ...
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    Re: Capulet doesn't or don't

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Adding the word "family" would certainly make a difference, but in that case the surname wouldn't be pluralised.

    The Capulets ...
    The Capulet family ...
    The Capulets are. Only 'are'.
    The Capulet family is/are. Am I right?

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    Re: Capulet doesn't or don't

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    The Capulets are. Only 'are'.
    The Capulet family is/are. Am I right?
    In the US: is. (A family is a single unit.)

    In the UK: are. (A family is more than one person.)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Capulet doesn't or don't

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    In the US: is. (A family is a single unit.)

    In the UK: are. (A family is more than one person.)
    It can also be a single unit in BrE.
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    Re: Capulet doesn't or don't

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It can also be a single unit in BrE.
    You know, I've heard that. In English classes, we were always told it was always plural in British English.

    But what do English teachers know?
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