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    staff from? staff of?

    Hi teachers,

    Here is a question from an exam preparation textbook:
    Staff _____ an environmental group will be here to check for evidence of pollution.

    I thought the answer was "of". I also searched "staff of" on an English language corpus web site and found a lot of examples. However, the book says the right preposition is "from".
    Is "of " a totally wrong answer?


    Kitty

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    Re: staff from? staff of?

    Quote Originally Posted by hellokitty View Post
    Hi teachers,

    Here is a question from an exam preparation textbook:
    Staff _____ an environmental group will be here to check for evidence of pollution.

    I thought the answer was "of". I also searched "staff of" on an English language corpus web site and found a lot of examples. However, the book says the right preposition is "from".
    Is "of " a totally wrong answer?
    No, it's not. In fact, "of" makes more sense to me there than "from" does.


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    Re: staff from? staff of?

    'Of' makes sense to me too, but 'from' makes more sense to me as they are coming from the group to visit- maybe it's a regional difference.

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    Re: staff from? staff of?

    I have reconsidered my previous answer, and now I like "from" better, but I still don't think "of" is wrong.


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    Re: staff from? staff of?

    'Of' is definitely fine.

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    Re: staff from? staff of?

    Thank you Ronbee and Tdol!
    I'm happy to know my choice isn't totally wrong. Also, you made me understood why "from" is the best answer.

    Thanks a lot,
    Kitty

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