My parents sigular or plural?

I was reading the news on Yahoo và found a mistake (as per my opinion). I need your valuable feedbachồng lớn make sure if it was a mistake or I am wrong! It is a paragraph on Yahoo. Please check và let me know.

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There has been a shift of power, control & decision making from the parents & elders of the family to the individuals themselves. That is not saying that parents and the family is not involved in the decision, but there is much more emphasis placed on what the individuals want, what they are looking for & who they will be compatible with.

As per my opinion:

There has been a shift of power, control & decision making from the parents & elders of the family khổng lồ the individuals themselves. That is not saying that parents and the family are not involved in the decision, but there is much more emphasis placed on what the individuals want, what they are looking for và who they will be compatible with.

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Damkerng T is right that "family" can be treated as singular or plural:

Collective nouns, or collectives (family, team, couple, etc.), tend lớn be plural when the component members are considered separately và singular when the group is handled as a unit

So:

1) "My family is great."

or

2) "My family are great."

These mean the same thing - it"s just that, in 2), the speaker is emphasising the individual members of their family, rather than the family as a group. It really means "My family (members) are..."

Of course, your example sentence does not say "...that the family is ..."

Instead, it is giving two subjects: parents và family, which suggests that "are" is better here. Possibly the writer is thinking of parents as part of "the family", so groups both items together with the singular "is".

The fact remains, there are two subjects given, even if one is part of the other, so the plural "are" should follow (grammatically speaking).

To emphasise that one is part of the other, "the family (especially/including parents) is..." would be better.