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    Default supervise staff of,a staff of,the staff of

    If I were a boss,would I say "I supervise A)staff of, B)a staff of, C)the staff of 5"?

    B) would come first and A) second on my answer sheet. What do you think? Would there be other expressions to mean the same thing?

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    Default Re: supervise staff of,a staff of,the staff of

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    If I were a boss,would I say "I supervise A)staff of, B)a staff of, C)the staff of 5"?

    B) would come first and A) second on my answer sheet. What do you think?
    B) and C) are correct, A) is not.

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    Default Re: supervise staff of,a staff of,the staff of

    So in this particular phrase staff can't be noncountable as in "We have 20 people on staff"?

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    Default Re: supervise staff of,a staff of,the staff of

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So in this particular phrase staff can't be non-countable as in "We have 20 people on staff"?
    "We have 20 people on staff" This is unnatural. "We have a staff of twenty (people)" is better.

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    Default Re: supervise staff of,a staff of,the staff of

    "We have 20 people on staff" is very normal in American business English. (So is "We have a staff of 20 people.")
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: supervise staff of,a staff of,the staff of

    In BrE, we would use "We have/There are 20 people on the staff".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: supervise staff of,a staff of,the staff of

    So I'll put my question once again. Could I use the noun "staff" in its noncountable meaning as in "to supervise staff off....."?

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    Default Re: supervise staff of,a staff of,the staff of

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So I'll put my question once again. Could I use the noun "staff" in its noncountable meaning as in "to supervise staff off....."?
    I presume you mean "of" not "off". In my opinion, no you can't say "I supervise staff of ten".

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    Default Re: supervise staff of,a staff of,the staff of

    Nor can you in American business English.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: supervise staff of,a staff of,the staff of

    Thank you for your patience and effort!

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