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    Smile Is this sentence gramatically correct?

    Is the following sentence correct especially in terms of the relative pronoun I have chosen?

    "You have a family which really loves you"


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Is this sentence gramatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Super Sonic View Post
    Is the following sentence correct especially in terms of the relative pronoun I have chosen?


    "You have a family which really loves you"

    Thanks in advance.

    It's funny that you just posted this because as I was reading the paper this morning, I came across "which" used as a relative pronoun modifying "citizens" and I wondered to myself if it was possible!
    As a teacher, my first response is 'no' because obviously, a family is comprised of people, not things (just as "citizens" are people), so "who" or "that" is correct.
    I do wonder, however, if the "family" as unit can be considered a thing...
    Any thoughts out there?
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    Re: Is this sentence gramatically correct?

    It seems fine to me - a normal usage, just as much as "that" (as used, for instance, in "The family that prays together, stays together").

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    Wink Re: Is this sentence gramatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It seems fine to me - a normal usage, just as much as "that" (as used, for instance, in "The family that prays together, stays together").
    However, if we want to refer to a 'family' as individuals, we need to use the verb in the plural form:

    You have a family that/which really love you.

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