RE: This or These Personnel?

Subject: RE: This or These Personnel?
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Hales-Crotchett, Nicole" <nicole -dot- hales-crotchett -at- lmco -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 12:07:11 -0700

Hales-Crotchett, Nicole wrote:

> I work in Dilbert land. The personnel in question are all
> propeller heads. :)

And you answered your own question in the second sentence: "The
personnel ... are ..." Not is, are. Because the noun is plural. So it's
these, not this. You wouldn't say "This ... are," would you?

That said, I agree with those who say dump "personnel." Way too stilted
and formal -- especially for propeller heads. ;-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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