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Jan 30 2018   2:43PM GMT

Is a company singular or plural?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse


Which is correct?

Facebook announced that ________ prioritizing what friends and family share in newsfeeds.
a. it is
b. they are

Answer: a

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

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  • NDSmyth
    It may be singular in law, but in reality it is legion.  Like evil.

    The law in question, which grants 'personhood' to corporate bodies, may be the worst mistake that the world's legislators have made to date.
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  • Bryan Betts
    It's nothing to do with nonsense such as 'corporate personhood', and it's not just companies. Any 'body-corporate' is singular, e.g. a government, a church, etc. You wouldn't say "The Roman Catholic church are..." for instance. 

    Granted, it does get complicated with bodies such as governments and sports teams. You just have to think whether you're referring to the thing or the people. So it's "The government is confident" but "government ministers are unsure", or "My team is into the finals" versus "Team members are worried."

    Easy, eh? (:
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  • Kaitlin Herbert
    Thank you so much for your feedback!
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  • Kaitlin Herbert
    Interesting point. Thanks for your comment!
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