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Network Operator pays Company X, and Company X pays Ringtone Provider
Network Operator pay Company X, and Company X pay Ringtone Provider

Which one is correct?

marked as duplicate by Pitarou, Mari-Lou A, Kris, RegDwigнt Jan 24 '14 at 12:59

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    Voting to close. This is a question about whether organisations should be treated as singular or plural. Already discussed on this forum many times before (english.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/…), and you can find good answers in standard reference books on English usage. – Pitarou Jan 24 '14 at 7:46

The network operator acts as a single entity and is therefore considered in the singular, i.e. "Network Operator pays...".

  • References? Why should we believe you? – Pitarou Jan 24 '14 at 8:33
  • References to what, exactly? All of this is obvious. – Newb Jan 24 '14 at 8:42
  • Reference to a corpus of the English language? Or a usage guide? Or just link to answers given previously (see the links in the comments to this question.) – Pitarou Jan 24 '14 at 9:06
  • It might be obvious in American English, but in British English, it is just as obviously wrong. – RegDwigнt Jan 24 '14 at 13:00
  • @RegDwigнt Oh no, don't go and spoil the surprise. I wanted Newb to find that out for himself. But since you've let the cat out of the bag, I'll expand on your answer: In British English, either the singular or plural are fine. In America, some stylists maintain that only the singular is acceptable, but this is a matter for debate. However, in this context, the singular is clearly more appropriate because the organisations are being treated as parties to a financial transaction. So Newb was right, but perhaps not for the right reasons. – Pitarou Jan 25 '14 at 3:20

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