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Which sentence is grammatically correct?

 
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eslschools



Joined: 22 Dec 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:00 pm    Post subject: Which sentence is grammatically correct? Reply with quote

Which of these sentences is grammatically correct and why?

1) Electricals 4 Africa is a non profit making organisation who refurbishes your unwanted electricals and distributes them to developing communities across Africa.

2) Electricals 4 Africa is a non profit making organisation who refurbish your unwanted electricals and distribute them to developing communities across Africa.


3) Electricals 4 Africa is a non profit making organisation refurbishing your unwanted electricals and distributing them to developing communities across Africa.

I really appreciate your help with this as it is driving me mad!

Thanks Peter
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JustMe



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer sentence 1, as an organisation is singular and thus must take the singular verb "refurbishes". I would, however, change the "who" to "which" since organisations are not people.

Sentence 3, while grammatically correct, just doesn't sound good to me. It gives a sense of the organisation actually refurbishing the computers as we speak, whereas I think that the writer intends to describe what the organisation does, not what it is doing now.
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PatriKoner



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the sentence 2 is grammatically correct. the organization is singular. but it is an object and also representing as a whole. So I would like to tell you that there is only need of 'refurbish' in the sentence.
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SKeating



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with JustMe, the first sentence is the best of these, because the verb 'refurbishes' agrees with 'organisation,' which is singular. However, the phrase 'who refurbishes your unwanted electricals and distributes them to developing communities across Africa,' is a defining relative clause which modifies 'a non profit making organisation.' As such, it should use the relative pronoun 'which' instead of 'who,' although 'that' is also acceptable.
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