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    who vs which

    US Gymnastics requires its members, which include coaches and gym owners, to include coaches and gym owners to undergo criminal background checks every two years.

    Should 'who' be used instead?

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    Re: who vs which

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    US Gymnastics requires its members, which include coaches and gym owners, to include coaches and gym owners to undergo criminal background checks every two years.

    Should 'who' be used instead?

    Thanks.
    No, 'which' is correct. But did you mean to write "include coaches and gym owners" twice?

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    Re: who vs which

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    No, 'which' is correct. But did you mean to write "include coaches and gym owners" twice?
    Thanks, Raymott. It was a typo.

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    Re: who vs which

    Maybe it's a BrE thing, but I would have used who there.

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    #5

    Re: who vs which

    I would also have used 'who'; 'Which' sounds strange to me, though I would use it if the word were 'membership' rather than 'members'.

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    Re: who vs which

    Yes, you are both right. "Who" may be better, but I still say that it does not necessarily need to be changed.
    "The members of US Gymnastics" could also include local clubs, related charities, etc.
    Large organisations often have smaller organisations as members.

    I think these sentences, in which the members are obviously all people, are also unremarkable:
    "The members of Alcoholics Anonymous, which include people from all walks of life ..." - meaning that "the members include ..."
    "For this excursion, the team has five members, which include a doctor and a nurse."

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