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June 7, 2010

Written Communication Problems

Determine which of the following sentences is correct.
Which of the crew is leaving the job site?
Which of the crew are leaving the job site?

A. The first sentence is correct; the second sentence is incorrect
B. The second sentence is correct; the first sentence is incorrect.
C. Both sentences are right.
D. Neither sentences are right.

Solution:
Relative pronouns such as "which" can either be singular or plural depending on the antecedent - the words to which they refer. For example, the first sentence is correct if the antecedent (in this case the crew) refers to one member. However, the second sentence is correct if the antecedent refers to more than one member of the crew. Because the number of crew members leaving the job site is unknown, both of the sentences are correct.

Answer - C  

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