I am wondering which one is current?

-my family go...
- my family goes...

Which is correct?

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  • Family is a collective noun. A collective noun is singular. My family goes to visit my grandmother every month. All the families go to the block party. – anongoodnurse Apr 18 '14 at 8:12
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    Please write a full sentence; "My family go ...(place).." And the answer depends if it is BrEng or AmEng. My family go to the cinema at the weekend (BrEng). My family goes to the cinema on the weekend (AmEng). – Mari-Lou A Apr 18 '14 at 8:18
  • Certainly a duplicate. But it would be incorrect to think that logical concord (sometimes labelled 'British English') always slavishly selects plural concord for collective nouns. Here, 'My family go to the cinema at the weekend' would almost certainly be chosen, but so would 'My family is a very old and respected one'. The choice depends on whether the family members or the institution is being referenced. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 18 '14 at 9:35

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