Please, forgive me if this has already been asked. I did a quick search and found nothing specifically regarding Canadians, but a kind redirection would be helpful if this is a repeat.
I understand the British/American differences regarding collective nouns. I also know how Canadians officially view collective nouns, which is the same as the British way. However, I would like to know how most Canadians actually use them on a day-to-day basis.
Canadians, how would you write these sentences?
-Alice's family ____ to vacation in Seattle this summer. (plan/plans)
-The band _____ been tuning their instruments for five hours. (has/have)
Canadians, would with the last sentence you say has if all of the band members have been tuning their instruments together, and have if they're tuning them individually?
What about sports?
-England ___ playing well today. (is/are)
Do most Canadians make these distinctions in common speech? What about formal writing? I am moving to Alberta, Canada and I want to make sure I fit in as much as possible. I've already looked up the spelling differences btw.
Also, any good websites where I can confirm whether Canadians say the following:
I'm going to hospital (or to the hospital). I read online that both are used. I love playing sport (or sports). I hate studying maths (or math).