I'm very big on grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Although I make mistakes in all three from time to time, it doesn't keep me from tripping over my thought when I notice violations of any of them. Bugging me for the last year or so is referring to a corporation in the plural, as in "Microsoft are releasing Vista in 200X". Is this truly right? If so, by what standard? I'm only asking because "Microsoft are" annoys me endlessly. A corporation is a singular entity, so it would make sense to refer to it in the singular. On the other hand, common vernacular seems to dictate that it is fine to refer to a corporation as "they", as in "Microsoft are releasing their new flagship OS, Vista, in 200X." Sure, the subject and pronoun agree in number, but the subject and verb don't. If you said "Microsoft is releasing their flagship OS, Vista, in 200X", the opposite is true. So which is right? Are we just trading one grammatical violation for another?