If you are speaking AE, your family takes a singular verb.should I say my family mean a lot to me or my family means a lot to me?
What I mean is that each individual member means a lot to me so I should say mean and not means...If someone says, "My family means a lot to me", I take that to mean the family as singular whole, as a collection.
If someone says, "My family mean a lot to me", I take that to refer to the members of the person's family - each individual member.
I agree here also. Sentences need to agree in number, tense (and gender, for non-English languages)sound shift said:My point is that if you opt for the singular "family", as this sentence does, and then go on to use a pronoun that refers back to the word "family", that pronoun should also be singular
In the previous discussions of family/police/government/sports team names - it was my conclusion that the AmE BrE usage distinction differs. Any of these can refer to the entity itself (singular) or its members (plural). The AmE usage seems to favor a grammatical priority: if the word - as distinct from the meaning of it - is singular then the agreeing verb is also singular. Subsequent references to the entity will be singular, but subsequent references to the members group may well (indeed usually do) refer to they, and all else is plural. The BrE usage seems to favo(u)r the conceptual meaning so a plural verb more frequently follows a "singular" (collective) noun when the members are being referred to.If you think along the lines of the average American family being a singular collective noun, an institution as someone said, "it" would refer to family to be grammatically correct.
On the other hand this singular abstract usage clashes with the verb "consume", because the image of an averaged abstract concept singularly eating loaves is really quite strange and does not read naturally. That's why "than they do today" sounds more natural than "than it does today" even if the former (and original) isn't quite correct.
I love my family. It is important to me.I love my family. It are important to me.
I agree this is incorrect. However in standard AE,
I love my family. It is important to me. is standard.
England has a lot more collective nouns (the jury are, the government are, et al.) than the U.S. To my ears, personally, "My family are" sounds as awful as "My car are" - using the plural because the car is made up of many parts.
I think we'd work around that in the US: "His relatives are . . . " or "The members of his family are . . . ."If the family members are all agreed on something, it seems to me more natural to use the singular verb.
His family are at loggerheads as to whether they should all move to Canada.