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    Exclamation My family is/are close

    This setence started a discussion in my 12 year old son English class. I would like your help. Wich one is correct after all? "My family is close" or "My family are close"? Thanking you in advance for your attention, Susana.

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    Re: My family is/are close

    The question of whether collective (group) nouns should be treated as singular or plural is generally a regional one. Most Americans say, "My family is close," "My team has won," "Our company was in debt." Other English speakers (British, Canadian, Australian, or others) may use plural verbs in these sentences.
    Let's see what the other English teachers (and speakers) from around the world have to say.

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    Re: My family is/are close

    Family and some other words like team, depending upon the speaker's perspective, can be seen either as:
    1. a unit (singular): The family is/was here.
    2. a group of people (members of a family) especially if the family (members) are known to the speaker. Police is always plural: The police are here.

    This difference might disappear and the American way (always singular) stay as the only possible usage.
    Last edited by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim; 26-Dec-2006 at 07:28.

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    Re: My family is/are close

    The tendency in British English seems to be a greater use of the plural form, so I don't see the American way taking hold there.

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