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    the 50 other immigrants on a staff of 55

    All three have ended up in management jobs at the McDonald's restaurant on Peterson Avenue on Chicago's north side, overseeing the 50 other immigrants on a staff of 55. Dead-End Jobs? Not for These Three
    The news article was quoted in my workbook, I don't understand the preposition "on" in "the 50 other immigrants on a staff of 55" and why not 'staffs' but "a staff" was used. My gut feeling is that "the 50 other immigrants on a staff of 55" should be "the 50 other immigrants working as staffs of all the 55 staffs" Can you throw a light on why singular 'staff' was used in 'a staff of 55' and the function of preposition 'on'?

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    Re: the 50 other immigrants on a staff of 55

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    why singular 'staff' was used in 'a staff of 55'
    I think it is just like the singular 'team' is used in 'a team of 55'.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yonsu99 View Post
    the 55 staffs
    It should be 'the 55 staff members'.

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    Re: the 50 other immigrants on a staff of 55

    Hello.
    I think this dictionary is useful.
    'On' is used in the sense of 'belonging to' in your sentence: (definition #24) http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/staff_1

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    Re: the 50 other immigrants on a staff of 55

    Do you mean Definition#24 on http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/on_1 ?

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    Re: the 50 other immigrants on a staff of 55

    Hello, Matthew.
    Yes, that's what I meant.
    Or definition #8 here: http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...n/english/on_1
    Am I wrong?

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    Re: the 50 other immigrants on a staff of 55

    Hello, tzfujimino.
    I feel that 'on' here means not so much 'belonging to' as 'being members of'.
    Am I wrong?

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    Re: the 50 other immigrants on a staff of 55

    Hello, Mr. Wai.

    1. I am a member of the soccer team.
    2. I belong to the soccer team.

    I think both of these sentences above mean the same.

    So, we are in agreement, aren't we?

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    Re: the 50 other immigrants on a staff of 55

    Yes, definitely.

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