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Family is or family are?

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    Hello Vale,
    safest option is to use 'is', as it fits most contexts. In British English it can be a bit more complicated, since you can use both, depending whether you are talking about the the group, i.e. family ('is) or individuals in the group ('are'). But even so it's not a big mistake to just stick to 'is'. Below are some examples with using both is and are.

    The family is going on holiday (the group).
    That family have been fighting over money as long as I can remember (Individuals of the family not the family itself)

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