The following sentence is from my favourite English teacher on the internet.
'Women play a more important role than ever in raising the family'
Why is it that
"the family" is used? Shouldn't it be (their) families since the subject is "Women" which is plural.
I also wonder why it couldn't be 'Women play a more important role than ever in raising families' The sentence is speaking that women (in general) are raising families (in general) I do not know why but it does not sound very right to say families.
Because I have my rule in my grammar set back in a few years ago
'Men (plural) have dicks (plural)'
It was confirmed that the sentence is correct by native English speaker so I thought 'Aha! when subject is plural and possess the object, then the object also becomes plural! because man => a dick, men => dicks'. But the rule does't seem to be quite correct in many contexts.