Linked by David Adams on Thu 1st Jul 2010 05:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft has killed the Kin after only six weeks on the market. The first Windows Phone 7-ish phone apparently didn't sell, likely thanks to its too-high-for-the-demographic $30 data fee from Verizon.
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RE[2]: Face it
by license_2_blather on Thu 1st Jul 2010 18:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Face it"
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No need, maybe, but it's acceptable. "Microsoft" may be seen as an entity or as a group (plural).

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RE[3]: Face it
by nt_jerkface on Thu 1st Jul 2010 21:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Face it"
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No it is a single organization which requires the singular form.

You won't find a sentence like The East India company have in any classic British text. The current informal usage is grammatically incorrect.

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RE[4]: Face it
by coreyography on Fri 2nd Jul 2010 01:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Face it"
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(pulling out my Harbrace Handbook, 14th edition...)

Depends on whether the subject refers to the group as a whole, or to its individual members. Since the corporate entity does not have ideas, but its employees do, I think one could argue for the plural form here, at least in British English.

Da Book does state, however, that in American English collective nouns used as subjects are always singular.

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RE[4]: Face it
by tbutler on Fri 2nd Jul 2010 19:39 in reply to "RE[3]: Face it"
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Thank you. I brought this up regarding a post the other day. *sigh* OSNews have not agreed with me. ;-)

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