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    • Join Date: Dec 2007
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    Smile the meaning of "staff(s)"

    Could you please tell me the meaning of "staff(s)"?

    I used the word to express "employee(s)", but a native speaker said to me, "native speakers never use the word as a meaning of "employee(s). It's a Japanized English."

    I'm a little confused because my dictionary, Longman, has a meaning as "employee(s)" and the example sentence.
    The entire staff has done an outstanding job this year.

    Thank you very much.

    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: the meaning of "staff(s)"

    It is used to refer to the employees of a company, not to a single employee:

    The staff of the company were all supportive of the new management - All the members of staff/employees.

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