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    He for institutions

    can I refer to a bank as a "he" or should it be an "it"

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    Re: He for institutions

    Quote Originally Posted by thomasRavenelli View Post
    can I refer to a bank as a "he" or should it be an "it"
    "they" or "it"

    cheers

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    Re: He for institutions

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    "they" or "it"

    cheers
    I don't think an institution is ever a he; occasionally, to imply warm feelings or reverence, she can be used - a country can be 'she', and the Bank of England - 'The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street' - can be 'she', but not just any old high-street' bank (the sort of place where you cash cheques, pay bills, and so on...).

    Example:
    'At one time, Britannia [the personification of Britain, often portrayed as a female goddess - unsurprisingly, given the -a] ruled the waves. The sun never set on her dominions.'

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