NYT: "Facebook's headquarters _are_ located at One Hacker Way." [NT]

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sun Sep 2 22:41:50 UTC 2012

On Sep 2, 2012, at 3:27 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:

> Headquarters goes either way for me, but "are" sounds far more natural. The OED says, "With pl. and sing. concord."

so do other dictionaries. AHD5 Usage Note says "the plural is more common ... but when referring to authority rather than physical location, many people prefer the singular".  in your example, it's physical location.


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