What has happened to Nikon?

Started Feb 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
J Mankila
J Mankila Veteran Member • Posts: 4,234
Re: OT -- Re: singular vs. plural

shigzeo ? wrote:

GroWeb wrote:

shigzeo ? wrote:

Nikon is to Canon as Canon is to Nikon. (Add 'are' for English speakers. Remember, I'm drunk. My arguments return to base sentiments as my blood flows black (the Sambuca is black).)

[Rant/] Thanks for highlighting one of the grammatical things that annoy me the most. Proper nouns like "Nikon" and "Canon" are singular not plural; these are individual companies' names and are the precise grammatical equivalent of individual people's names (note: legally, a company is treated as a person). Therefore it is correct to say "Nikon is ..." and incorrect to say "Nikon are ..." [/Rant]


Corporations/companies are treated as groups, hence 'are' in certain places in the world; in others, they are singular. There is no fast rule that spans the continents.

Can I ask, what is the common usage in Britain? I'm trying to veer off from the American English that I was brought up to (thank you MacGyver, Turtles, etc.)

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