Re: Nit picky grammar question...

Subject: Re: Nit picky grammar question...
From: Chantel Brathwaite <cnbrath -at- cbel -dot- cit -dot- nih -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 17:37:45 -0500

Hi Eric,

I looked on 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
> concrete?

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