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Subject:RE: This or These Personnel? From:"Hales-Crotchett, Nicole" <nicole -dot- hales-crotchett -at- lmco -dot- com> To:"Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Thu, 13 Dec 2007 11:09:24 -0800
Ha! Good catch. If I don't stop to analyze it I get the right answer
Thanks to all-
From: Combs, Richard [mailto:richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 11:07 AM
To: Hales-Crotchett, Nicole; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: This or These Personnel?
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
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
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