Singular or Plural?

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Singular or Plural?

Post by nguyenluyen » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:21 am

Hello everyone,

Which one is correct?

ANNA'S FAMILY LIKE SINGING
ANNA'S FAMILY LIKES SINGING

Thanks a lot

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Re: Singular or Plural?

Post by Joe » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:33 am

Both are possible.

ANNA'S FAMILY LIKE SINGING <-- mainly British English
ANNA'S FAMILY LIKES SINGING <-- mainly American English

See:
Subject-Verb Agreement: collective nouns
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Re: Singular or Plural?

Post by nguyenluyen » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:42 am

I am aware of this. However, I have to choose either of them. POOR me! :( In this case, I think the question item is not perfect.

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Re: Singular or Plural?

Post by Joe » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:46 am

Is the test aimed more at British English or American English?

By default I would suggest:
ANNA'S FAMILY LIKE SINGING (because this views the family as individuals, who sing individually)
"We are not wholly bad or good, who live our lives under Milk Wood :-| " — Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood

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Re: Singular or Plural?

Post by nguyenluyen » Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:21 pm

Thanks so much for your help.

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