Family is/are

Hello, teachers!
I think that in these sentences American English uses "does/is" and British English uses "do/are." Am I right?
1. Do you live alone? / Yes. / Where do/does the rest of your family live?
2. How large are/is your family?
Thank you very much.
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When "family" refers to an impersonal unit, it is more common to use the singular, both in British and American English:

My family is very large.

When "family" refers to the individuals, it's more common to use the plural, but the singular could also be used:

All my family is/ are excited about the wedding.

When referring to the individuals, your instincts about the American preference for the singular usage is correct.

Rachel

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