Learn English – Should corporations be referred to in the singular or plural?

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I keep coming across articles, especially technology related ones, where corporations are referred to in the plural. Example, "Oracle have decided to make G1 the standard …" or "Google have become very cautious in this regard." It sounds awful. Oracle is a single company. So is Google. Why are people then referring to the entity in the plural when the only thing plural about Oracle and Google are the employees who work for them?

Best Answer

In American English, if you're referring to a single corporation, then it would be singular, not plural.

EDIT: A less specific question answers this here