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    Company name - singular or plural?

    Hello,
    What is better to use for a company name?
    Example:
    Microsoft support their Windows operating system.
    Microsoft supports its Windows operating system.
    Intel is a micro chip manufacturer.
    Intel are micro chip manufacturers.

    Don't worry, that's not an advertisement!

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: Company name - singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    What is better to use for a company name?
    Example:
    Microsoft support their Windows operating system.
    Microsoft supports its Windows operating system.
    Intel is a micro chip manufacturer.
    Intel are micro chip manufacturers.

    Don't worry, that's not an advertisement!

    Cheers!
    They are both ok in my opinion, you will hear both forms in BrE.

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    Re: Company name - singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    What is better to use for a company name?
    Example:
    Microsoft support their Windows operating system.
    Microsoft supports its Windows operating system.
    Intel is a micro chip manufacturer.
    Intel are micro chip manufacturers.

    Don't worry, that's not an advertisement!

    Cheers!
    In North American, a singular verb is used:


    • Microsoft supports ...
    • Intel is ...

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    Re: Company name - singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    What is better to use for a company name?
    Example:
    Microsoft support their Windows operating system.
    Microsoft supports its Windows operating system.
    Intel is a micro chip manufacturer.
    Intel are micro chip manufacturers.

    Don't worry, that's not an advertisement!

    Cheers!
    I would go for ...

    Microsoft supports its Windows operating system.

    Intel is a microchip manufacturer.

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    #5

    Re: Company name - singular or plural?

    Yes, I think it is better to use a singular verb.
    But if we omit the name, which pronoun shall we put?

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    Re: Company name - singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Yes, I think it is better to use a singular verb.
    But if we omit the name, which pronoun shall we put?
    With a singular verb use it, with a plural verb use they.

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    #7

    Re: Company name - singular or plural?

    So you mean like:
    Example:
    It is typical for Microsoft that it (not they) works quickly.
    It is typical for it (not them) that it (they) works quckly.


    Sounds strange but you would say it's better than to use "them" and "they".

    Cheers!

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    #8

    Re: Company name - singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    So you mean like:
    Example:
    It is typical for Microsoft that it (not they) works quickly.
    It is typical for it (not them) that it (they) works quckly.


    Sounds strange but you would say it's better than to use "them" and "they".

    Cheers!
    It does sound strange, that's why I prefer the flexible approach of BrE.

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    #9

    Re: Company name - singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    So you mean like:
    Example:
    It is typical for Microsoft that it (not they) works quickly.
    It is typical for it (not them) that it (they) works quckly.

    Sounds strange but you would say it's better than to use "them" and "they".

    Cheers!
    It would not sound strange...
    It all depends on what do you want to imply when you use "Microsoft"

    Microsoft Windows (as an operating eystem) Singular
    Microsoft Softwares (group of softwares manufactured by Microsoft) Plural
    Microsoft Brand (a company as a whole) Singular

    Your original sentences..

    Microsoft (represents a single company: Singular Subject) supports (Singular Verb) its Windows operating system.

    Intel (a single company: Singular Subject) is (Singular Verb) a micro chip manufacturer.

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