Which is correct?

Your family will be happy when (they learn / it learns) the news.

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  • 6 months ago
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    They. Technically, either should work, but "they" is the more common usage. Although the family would seem to be a singular group, using "it" makes it sound like an object....or at least a group that functions like a single body. In reality, the family is composed of many individual thinking people whom we think of as "they".

    In some contexts, it might be your intention to single the family out as a single entity, perhaps like a powerful family dynasty. In that case, "it" might more appropriately convey this meaning. In most cases however, family is referred to as "they".

    • San6 months agoReport

      Thanks!

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  • 6 months ago

    When they learn.

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  • 6 months ago

    "They" in American English and "it" in British usage.

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  • 6 months ago

    "They" is better. I wouldn't use "it" in the sentence. Family is singular. However, each family member is a person. You could use "family members" in the sentence.

    "Your family members will be happy when they learn the news."

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  • 6 months ago

    It learns is correct

    • John P
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      6 months agoReport

      Logically "it learns" is correct, but everybody in Britain, almost without exception, would say " when they learn the news".

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  • David
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    6 months ago

    Use 'they learn' which is more correct.

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  • 6 months ago

    The correct answer is "Your family will be happy when they learn the news."

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