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    SINGULAR-PLURAL

    How to say this sentence correct because me, my colleagues and my supervisor are arguing with this sentence..

    Are you ONE OF THE PERSON who handles the phone service?

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    Are you ONE OF THE PERSONS who handles the phone service?

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    Re: SINGULAR-PLURAL

    I would use one of the people.

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    BUT WHAT'S CORRECT TO THOSE TWO SENTENCES?

    IS IT ONE OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS???

    THANKS

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    Re: SINGULAR-PLURAL

    Quote Originally Posted by Glesz View Post
    BUT WHAT'S CORRECT TO THOSE TWO SENTENCES?

    IS IT ONE OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS???

    THANKS
    Please do not type all the letters in capitals - it is like "shouting".

    Neither of your two sentences is natural English. As Tdol said, we would say "Are you one of the people who handles the phone service?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: SINGULAR-PLURAL

    Is "handles" really correct here? I would use "handle".

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    Re: SINGULAR-PLURAL

    Quote Originally Posted by Glesz View Post
    BUT WHAT'S CORRECT TO THOSE TWO SENTENCES?

    IS IT ONE OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS???

    THANKS
    Neither- we use persons in formal and legal language, but it is not suitable here. One of the person is wrong. Persons is less wrong, but it's still not good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Is "handles" really correct here? I would use "handle".
    A grey area IMO- you'll hear both forms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    A grey area IMO.
    I agree. I ran through various similar sentences in my head before replying, but I think you will hear both. Some people will say "handle" because it refers to "people [who]", and others will say "handles" on the basis that it relates to "one [of]".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I agree. I ran through various similar sentences in my head before replying, but I think you will hear both. Some people will say "handle" because it refers to "people [who]", and others will say "handles" on the basis that it relates to "one [of]".
    I'll stick to the plural because I can't see any reason to think it relates to "one [of]".

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    Oh I do apologize for that ma'am.. thanks for the help..

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