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    Singular or plural?

    Salespeople are incredible. Like Hollywood actors, whenever they open their mouths, they are putting themselves and their company on the line, taking a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome.

    Successful sales people are passionate. They love their company and they exude this pride when talking about their products and services.

    Should company above be companies?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by nyleda View Post
    Salespeople are incredible. Like Hollywood actors, whenever they open their mouths, they are putting themselves and their company on the line, taking a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome.

    Successful sales people are passionate. They love their company and they exude this pride when talking about their products and services.

    Should company above be companies?

    Thanks.
    It depends if we are talking about the salespeople from one company or from several companies. This looks like the sort of motivational text used by a company or companies to inspire their salesforce(s).
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 08-Jul-2008 at 08:14. Reason: typo


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    Re: Singular or plural?

    Thanks, but these were from two different sources addressing a general readership:
    1. 12 Biggest Mistakes Salespeople Make in Their Presentations By Patricia Fripp

    2. Characteristics of Successful Salespeople by Kelley Robertson

    Can company be considered as a collective attribute shared by all salespeople?

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    Re: Singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by nyleda View Post
    Salespeople are incredible. Like Hollywood actors, whenever they open their mouths, they are putting themselves and their company on the line, taking a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome.

    Successful sales people are passionate. They love their company and they exude this pride when talking about their products and services.

    Should company above be companies?

    Thanks.
    No.

    Companies
    Ex: Sam, Max and Pat don't work for the same company. They all love their companies.

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    Re: Singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by nyleda View Post
    Thanks, but these were from two different sources addressing a general readership:
    1. 12 Biggest Mistakes Salespeople Make in Their Presentations By Patricia Fripp

    2. Characteristics of Successful Salespeople by Kelley Robertson

    Can company be considered as a collective attribute shared by all salespeople?
    In your examples, company is used as follows:

    Ex: Successful salespeople work for different companies, and they love the company that they work for.


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    Re: Singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    In your examples, company is used as follows:

    Ex: Successful salespeople work for different companies, and they love the company that they work for.
    Given your example, is there any difference in meaning between the following?

    1. Successful salespeople work for different companies, and they love the company that they work for.
    2. Successful salespeople work for different companies, and they love the companies that they work for.

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    Re: Singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by nyleda View Post
    Given your example, is there any difference in meaning between the following?

    1. Successful salespeople work for different companies, and they love the company that they work for.
    2. Successful salespeople work for different companies, and they love the companies that they work for.
    No difference, but 2., unlike 1., can have two meanings.

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    Re: Singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    No.

    Companies
    Ex: Sam, Max and Pat don't work for the same company. They all love their companies.
    I'm not sure that "their company" is wrong here.
    If Sam, Max and Pat worked for the same three companies, you would say "They all loved their companies". If they each worked for a different company, "their company" sounds acceptable.

    Here are some other examples:
    Working men like to come to their home-cooked dinner.
    New mothers like their baby to have the best. ("babies" if they have twins!)
    Japanese men are devoted to their company.
    In any case, it sounds acceptable to my Australian ears.



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    Re: Singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I'm not sure that "their company" is wrong here.
    It's not. You've taken the example out of context. It was worded that way to highlight one meaning and weed out the other.
    Ex: Sam, Max and Pat don't work for the same company. They all love their companies [or company].
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond
    If Sam, Max and Pat worked for the same three companies, you would say "They all loved their companies".
    The same three companies?

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    Re: Singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    It's not. You've taken the example out of context. It was worded that way to highlight one meaning and weed out the other.
    Oh, sorry.
    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    The same three companies?
    Yes, Sam, Max and Pat all work part-time at X, Y and Z. (Strange but possibly true).
    I thought you were implying that sentences such as "Japanese men are devoted to their company" is wrong, and it should be "companies". That's what my argument was against.

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