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Mar 5 2009   1:06PM GMT

Common Grammar Mistakes – Pronouns

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

Microsoft has announced that ________ testing a new search engine called Kumo.
a. it is
b. they are

Answer: a

A company is a singular entity. Use a singular pronoun.

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  • JayVeeGee
    I agree, but I am an American. There seems to be an British English usage (that grates on my ears and seems especially prevalent with sports announcers) where company names are treated like plural entities: IBM are...; the same applies to sports teams: Arsenal are ... The side have ... I choose to believe that they are wrong.
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