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    #1

    A team of 3 people who/which do/does all the work

    Hi,

    What is the correct way of writing this sentence?

    1- A team of three people which does all the work.

    2- A team of three people who do all the work.
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    #2

    Re: A team of 3 people who/which do/does all the work

    At the moment, they're both incorrect because there is no full stop at the end. You can click Edit Post and add them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: A team of 3 people who/which do/does all the work

    Neither is a sentence, as there is no main verb.

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    #4

    Re: A team of 3 people who/which do/does all the work

    In British English, you could make a case for both forms.

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    #5

    Re: A team of 3 people who/which do/does all the work

    It depends whether you want the emphasis to be on the team (which) or the people (who). They both work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A team of 3 people who/which do/does all the work

    I've thought again about this sentence.

    If I want to emphasis the team, isn't "A team of 3 people that does all the work" a better formulation than "A team of 3 people which does all the work"? Or are the two equivalent?

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    #7

    Re: A team of 3 people who/which do/does all the work

    There is no difference between the two.

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    #8

    Re: A team of 3 people who/which do/does all the work

    I think they are about the same. (It's not really a sentence. It is, in fact, a noun phrase.)

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    Re: A team of 3 people who/which do/does all the work

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    There is no difference between the two.
    I've read somewhere that it's better to put "that" when the words after the relative pronoun are necessary to the understanding of the sentence but it's better to put "which" when what follows isn't necessary to the understanding.

    As an example:
    - "It's a team of 3 people, which are all men, that does all the work". Because the sentence is still understandable without "which are all men" but isn't so without what follows "that".

    Isn't that true?

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    Re: A team of 3 people who/which do/does all the work

    It's a team of three people, who are all men ...
    It's a team of three people, all of whom are men ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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