Dear Colleagues, First accept my thanks for your wonderful academic posts. I've few questions which need your wise answers. Questions are below:
Which one is correct and why?
1. Family comes or family come. Band plays or Band play.
Family comes/Band plays.
There is a difference in the way British English and American English native speakers match verbs and collective nouns. AmE (American English) will use all collective nouns as singular, as in your examples.
However, BrE (British English) speakers will treat certain kinds of collective nouns as plural, leading to such statements as:
Manchester United have...
I'm not a BrE speaker, so I can't explain it in much detail, though.
2. Can we use 'hear' in listening question. For example you will hear two people talking about their family life. Listen to them and answer the questions.
We tend to use 'hear' when a sound reaches our ears without any intent on the part of the hearer. We tend to use 'listen' for the times when we are focusing our attention on a sound over a time span.
I was listening to the radio when I heard something that sounded like a gunshot.
3. How do we use time am or a.m.
I shall be thankful for your kind advice.
a.m. is correct in both BrE and AmE, I think.