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    it/them

    Are you going to take Malaysia Airlines when you travel this time? - A friend of mine said to his wife.

    No, you could take it/them since you're such a dare devil. - Says my friend's wife.

    Good or no good?

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    Them.

    Interestingly enough, for Americans companies are usually singular. Apple makes the iPhone. IBM is a good outfit. GM is in trouble with these ignition switches.

    But you fly with a "them."

    Southwest is a decent airline. I flew on/with them this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Them.

    Interestingly enough, for Americans companies are usually singular. Apple makes the iPhone. IBM is a good outfit. GM is in trouble with these ignition switches.

    But you fly with a "them'

    Southwest is a decent airline. I flew on/with them this morning.
    Southwest is a singulr noun here. Why don't we use 'it' with an airline?

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    It's not just airlines. It goes to how we think about collective nouns.

    GM is a car company. I have bought several cars from them.

    It just seems unnatural to talk about buying cars from "it." We think of the people and not of the company as a singular entity.

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    And many BrE speakers routinely use the plural with collective nouns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    And many BrE speakers routinely use the plural with collective nouns.
    Why Boeing is going to war with its employees?

    Is it possible to use 'their employees' in the above sentence?

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    In BrE yes; in AmE usually not.

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    I am not a teacher.

    It's possible to use "their employees" but you need the right word order, and you must be consistent with the use of the plural.

    "Why are Boeing going to war with their employees?"

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    Only if you change the verb to are. You should also change the word order- Why is/are Boeing....

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    I assumed that "Why Boeing is going to war with its employees" was the title of a piece of writing. If it's actually a question then it does, of course, require a different word order and a question mark. As a statement/title, I would find it very unnatural with "their".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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