LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||14/JAN/2013 7:22 PM|
|Assunto:||versão part 2...continued.|
In fact I thought about family taken as separate individuals, the uncles in the Northeast and the ones in the Southeast, etc.
I wouldn´t sweat it, tough, you could think the family as the group, the clique in wich we are born as a whole.
I am for flow of comunication´s sake.
I leave further readings, just in case. It´s up to you now.
Your English is improving, the very fact of getting bold to the point expressing herserlf publicly is a sign that you are making strides.
When a collective noun is used
When regarded as a unit, collective nouns, as well as noun phrases denoting quantity, take singular verbs
The whole family is active.
(Family is a collective noun regarded as a unit.)
The family have met their various obligations.
(The individuals of the family are regarded separately.
Agreement With Collective Nouns and Indefinite Pronouns
"Nouns such as family, choir, team, majority, minority -- any noun that names a group of individual members -- can be treated as either singular or plural, depending on context and meaning:
The family have all gone their separate ways.
The whole family is celebrating the holidays at home this year.
The majority of our city council members are Republicans.
The majority always rules.
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