Sometimes I stumble upon singular "they" when referring not to a person, but an organization, such as a company or a country, for instance:

Company A is doing well: their shares doubled in price this year.


Each region of the country speaks their own dialect.

Is this usage correct?


Based on the comments above, I conclude that the issue in question is notional concord, and the examples similar to what I gave may or may not be considered correct, based on preference and differences between British and American English.

  • Yep, this is an area that varies between the US and the UK. Especially strange to my American ear are British discussion of sports scores. – Hot Licks Nov 28 '17 at 23:19
  • @HotLicks Sports teams don't bother me so much, though in the same article about the Utah Jazz, an author will say the Jazz are but Utah is. Companies are another matter. Amazon are settling in to their new home in Cambridge, for instance, I find distracting, even before we get to the question of whether one settles in to or at a new home. – choster Nov 29 '17 at 3:16

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