using "to be" - singular or plural

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How can I use the verb "to be" in the second sentence: How are you? How is\are your family?

be asked Oct 22 '13 at 04:21 Natalie New member

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I would use 'is'.  Even though a family consists of many people, it is singular.

link comment answered Oct 22 '13 at 12:45 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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