Nit picky grammar question

Subject: Nit picky grammar question
From: "Burt, Genevieve" <GBurt -at- lrs -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 13:03:49 -0600


To answer a question like yours, you just need to ask yourself this:
Is the word "headquarters" an "it" or a "they"?

The word "headquarters" MUST refer to one place, by definition: Merriam
Webster's says that headquarters is "the administrative center of an
enterprise," and as far as I know, there can only be one center to something
(have you ever heard of a doughnut with two holes?).

So the word "headquarters" is referring to one thing. One thing is a
singular noun. This means that the original version of the sentence is
correct because it's just like asking, "Where is it?"

So "Where is your headquarters?" is grammatically correct.


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