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Unread 28th of December, 2012, 12:19
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Originally Posted by itches # I got an hollow black ceramic skull. I'm not sure what my family were trying to tell me.
itches im pretty sure family is a singular noun
that is
your family was trying to tell you

that youre super emo

my niece got the first season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Plus money. And a box of chocolate bigger than their head.
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Unread 28th of December, 2012, 12:38
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A family is a group of many people, that should negate the use of a singular noun.
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Unread 28th of December, 2012, 12:51
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collections of objects as well as animals or people are singular
for example
a bushel of apples
a flock of geese
a swarm of ants
the bushel or flock or swarm are all treated as single units
>oh no look at that swarm of ants its coming right at us

a car or tree or planet are also collections of smaller parts
>i fixed the computer
similarly a family is treated as a single unit
>your family was telling you that youre super emo

if you were speaking of the members of the family
or your parents
then plural form would be acceptable
>your parents were telling you that youre super emo
just as
>oh no look at those ants theyre coming right at us
would be acceptable

edit to add that perhaps this is the original point of disagreement
is it that the swarm of ants are coming for you?
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Unread 28th of December, 2012, 14:44
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is it that the swarm of ants are coming for you?
Well that's grammatical tense, I read that as present. The ants aren't currently after me, but they were before.
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Unread 28th of December, 2012, 22:10
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ive explained myself poorly
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Getting back on track:

I received two bottles of single malt scotch (Talisker and Ardbeg), a 12 pack of Guinness, assorted other bottles of beer (including a Creme Brulee Stout from Southern Tier Brewing and a Hoppy Xmas from Brewdog). My family (both my own and the in-laws) obviously don't think I drink enough.

Also coffee.

Also a flatscreen tv and a Blu-ray player.

That isn't even going into what the kids got (Cabbage Patch kid, Hot Wheels, a shake-and-go Batmobile, 4-in-1 crib/playpen/high chair/changing station, and enough books to open their own library).
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Unread 29th of December, 2012, 10:40
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Ooh, good Scotch. Party at Darius' house.
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Unread 29th of December, 2012, 12:36
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