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    Hi,

    Is it correct to say: "Who of you can help me?"
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    Default Re: Who of you?

    Say: "Which of you can help me?"


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    "Who of you can help me?" sounds fine to me. It is old fashioned but in my opinion far from obsolete.

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    I go with RonBee.

    'Who of you' sounds strange to me.

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    "Who of you can help me?" might be gramatically correct but it sounds weird.

    "Which of you can help me?" is what you'd actually hear in conversation. However it does carry the connotation that someone in the group you're addressing can and should help you.

    "Can anyone help me?" is the best usage.

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    Hi there,

    To begin with, thanks to all of you! What I properly wanted to know is if a native speaker would ever say "Who of you...?" In other words, is it idiomatic or not, apart from the grammar.

    Best greetings from Hucky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hucky View Post
    Hi there,

    To begin with, thanks to all of you! What I properly wanted to know is if a native speaker would ever say "Who of you...?" In other words, is it idiomatic or not, apart from the grammar.

    Best greetings from Hucky
    "Whosoever amongst you can render me aid, may he step forward."
    Either that, or Vidor's suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hucky View Post
    Hi there,

    To begin with, thanks to all of you! What I properly wanted to know is if a native speaker would ever say "Who of you...?" In other words, is it idiomatic or not, apart from the grammar.

    Best greetings from Hucky
    A native speaker would not use that phrase. They would say "Which of you...". An older person might use "Who of you..." but it is unlikely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petit_minou View Post
    A native speaker would not use that phrase. They would say "Which of you...". An older person might use "Who of you..." but it is unlikely.
    I am definitely an older native speaker and while I would not say "who of you" I do not consider it incorrect.
    Last edited by probus; 22-Feb-2011 at 05:55.

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I am definitely an older native speaker and while I would not say "who of you" I do not consider it incorrect.
    I, too, am closer to the grave than the cradle. Whilst I would hesitate to label 'who of you' incorrect, I don't know of anyone, even people as senile as I, who would use it.
    Last edited by 5jj; 24-Feb-2011 at 07:13.

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