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    relative clauses

    What is the correct form,

    "We are a firm which prides itself on providing accurate..."
    OR
    "We are a firm who pride ourselves on providing accurate..."?

    And what are the underlying rules? Is the second form "British" (use of the institutional plural, as in "The government are...")?

    Thank you for any replies, tips, suggestions on where to find answers.

    Sheila

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    British English uses the plural for collective nouns more than American. As a BE speaker, I'd say both answers are possible, but 'that' sounds better.

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    Re: relative clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by ssee
    What is the correct form,

    "We are a firm which prides itself on providing accurate..."
    OR
    "We are a firm who pride ourselves on providing accurate..."?

    And what are the underlying rules? Is the second form "British" (use of the institutional plural, as in "The government are...")?

    Thank you for any replies, tips, suggestions on where to find answers.

    Sheila
    It gets a bit confusing when one starts with "we are a firm".

    In AE, we would more likely say:

    This is a firm that prides
    Our firm prides

    :wink:

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