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    Which sentence is grammatically correct?

    Which of these sentences is grammatically correct and why?

    1) Electricals 4 Africa is a non profit making organisation who refurbishes your unwanted electricals and distributes them to developing communities across Africa.

    2) Electricals 4 Africa is a non profit making organisation who refurbish your unwanted electricals and distribute them to developing communities across Africa.


    3) Electricals 4 Africa is a non profit making organisation refurbishing your unwanted electricals and distributing them to developing communities across Africa.

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    Re: Which sentence is grammatically correct?

    Third one is correct.

    First one isn't correct because "that/which" should have been used instead of "who". Second one isn't correct because Electricals 4 Africa is a collective noun that requires singular verb.

    In the third sentence relative clause is reduced to -ing participle. (organisation that/which refurbishes--->>organisation refurbishing)

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    Re: Which sentence is grammatically correct?

    As a speaker of BrE, I disagree slightly with eilhart
    Quote Originally Posted by peter64 View Post
    1) Electricals 4 Africa is a non profit making organisation who refurbishes your unwanted electricals and distributes them to developing communities across Africa.
    I, personally, would prefer 'which' to 'who'. 'That' is an acceptable alternative, but is not required.

    2) Electricals 4 Africa is a non profit making organisation who refurbish your unwanted electricals and distribute them to developing communities across Africa.
    Once again I prefer 'which' to 'who'. I feel that, with your use of the singular 'is', the plural 'refurbish' is inappropriate

    3) Electricals 4 Africa is a non profit making organisation refurbishing your unwanted electricals and distributing them to developing communities across Africa.
    Fine.

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    Re: Which sentence is grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    As a speaker of BrE, I disagree slightly with eilhart
    I also would prefer "which" over "that" in above sentences but in one of my grammar books it is stated "that" is generally preferred to "which" while "who" is chosen over "that". I don't know why. Maybe it's an American English thing. The book's author is Betty Schrampfer Azar. She is American.

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    Re: Which sentence is grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by eilhart View Post
    I also would prefer "which" over "that" in above sentences but in one of my grammar books it is stated "that" is generally preferred to "which" while "who" is chosen over "that". I don't know why. Maybe it's an American English thing. The book's author is Betty Schrampfer Azar. She is American.
    In defining relative clauses, 'that' is preferred by many speakers of AmE and some speakers of BrE. There is no absolute right or wrong word here.

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