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Are these quoted sentences grammatically correct?

  1. That is why the businesses attach great importance to the possibility of using ...
  2. Many IT companies in their applications appreciates the benefits of using cloud computing.

I am wondering if "businesses", "firms" and "companies" can be used interchangeably? Which one sounds better?

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    They're all "acceptable", but personally I would say companies is the most likely (and firms is the least likely) word native speakers would use in the context of your example usages. What native speakers would never do is include the word "the" as per the first example. – FumbleFingers Apr 23 '14 at 16:04
  • Two points: (1) "businesses" versus "firms" is an issue of regional dialect. Americans would most likely say "companies," but this is not true of all native speakers. (2) "the businesses" could be acceptable in certain contexts, depending on the preceding sentence. – chapka Apr 23 '14 at 16:43
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    You will also need to fix some subject and verb agreements in the second sentence. "Many IT companies (plural) appreciate (no "s") the benefits of using cloud computing in their applications". – JMB Apr 23 '14 at 17:45
  • "Firm" is used fairly often in British English. As @FumbleFingers said, "companies" is the best choice as it is the most widely understood. – JMB Apr 23 '14 at 17:46
  • Sentence 1. What businesses are you talking about? – JMB Apr 23 '14 at 17:47
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Would I be correct in completing your first "sentence" as follows:

"That is why the businesses attach great importance to the possibility of using cloud computing"?

If your answer is yes, then my version of a completed sentence is just fine grammatically.

Your second sentence, however, needs a plural verb to go with a plural subject:

"Many IT companies in their applications appreciate the benefits of using cloud computing."

Furthermore, "companies in their applications" I find troublesome. I recommend you word the sentence as follows:

"Many IT companies appreciate the benefits of cloud computing."

That's why you want to say, yes?

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