Is a company singular or plural?

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My recent post about the Economist Style Guide included a passing comment about whether companies were singular or plural.  It generated a surprising number of comments and a some grammarphile controversy.

The Economist says they're singular. I agreed.

But today (coming back from a week's holiday in Goa), I've come across a situation which leaves me scratching my head - a two-person company.  Writing about them as a singular entity seems oddly formal and doesn't look right at all.

It just goes to prove the old adage: 'if in doubt, prefer geniality to good grammar'.social media marketing guide

Matthew Stibbe

Matthew is founder and CEO of Articulate Marketing.