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I looked on www.onelook.com and found this in the American Heritage Dictionary:
"The noun headquarters is used with either a singular or a plural verb. The
plural is more common: 'The corporation's headquarters are in Boston.' But when
reference is to authority rather than to physical location, many people prefer
the singular: 'Division headquarters has approved the new benefits package.' ?
It still deals with preferences, but might give you more to work with.
Eric Rhinerson wrote:
> This issue I believe, comes mainly down to personal preference, but I'm hoping
> someone out there has a more concrete
> answer. I'm dealing with a phrase which currently reads: "Where is your
> headquarters?" I believe it should read, "Where are your headquarters?"
> According to Webster's, both are correct. Given that, all I have to go on is
> that I think my revision, "sounds better." Can anyone offer anything more
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