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Hi everyone,

I have a confusion that needs clarification. When i talk about a specific department, is it a third-person singular or plural ?

Is this correct "HR has renewed my tenure".

Thanks.
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Use singular to refer to the department itself.
Use plural to refer to the human MEMBERS of that department.

Rommie

PS. Though the above advice is almost universally accepted, it remains controversial in some strict formal circles, who would prefer that the plural form remain outlawed. The plural form is considerably less common in America than it is in England. When I have more time I'd like to expand upon this in more detail, as it's one of the most interesting grey areas in grammar. I don't have the time to do that right now, but the above advice will keep you in good stead in almost all circumstances.
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thanks Rommie.