Questions or inquiries relating to nouns that refer to a group as a whole.

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What's the proper answer to the question “Is Eri's host family kind to her?”

A friend of mine is an Assistant Language Teacher at a junior high school in Japan. The textbook for the grade eight class has the question "Is Eri's host family kind to her?" If I were to answer ...
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American versus British collective nouns with plural verbs

"The group are all here." The British seem more inclined to use a plural verb ("are") in sentences like this than Americans are. At some time in the past it struck me that there are some singular ...
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Is there a collective term for restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs?

I'm looking for a parent category name for restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs? If the category had included hotels i'd have called it hospitality... but it doesn't.