Business pronoun

Referring to a Business as “They”

Incorrect: The company offered a discount to increase their profits.

Correct: The company offered a promotion to increase its profits.

A company or organization is not a plural. It is a singular entity.

Furthermore, outside of a legal context, it is not considered a person.

Therefore, when referring to a business, “it” is more appropriate than “they.”

3 thoughts on “Referring to a Business as “They””

  1. Manijeh Badiozamani

    In today’s Daily Sun:
    “The Boston Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918, sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in four games.”
    QUESTION: would it be more appropriate to say: “….Red Sox won ‘its’ first World Series…”?

    1. Manijeh, that’s a hard one.
      I’d say “its” is correct because a team is a thing, not a person.
      If you’re writing a story, I be consistent.

      Now to the editors out there – is it “their” or “its?”

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