Determine which of the following sentences is correct.
Which of the crew is leaving the job site?
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
D. Neither sentences are
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
Answer - C
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