Is it common and acceptable to count personnel?

For e.g.

  1. Five personnel will be chosen to join the contest.
  2. Five Microloft personnel will be given a bonus.
  3. I spoke to 3 Microloft personnel regarding the issue.

1 Answer 1


Even though the noun "personnel" is used this way, it is a non-countable noun, which means that it cannot be used in a sentence as a plural noun. This is because the noun "personnel" is referring to all the workers as a group, and you cannot have a plural "all".

  • you cannot have a plural "all" <-- Where do you get this rule from? Nov 1, 2022 at 22:45
  • I was referring to the fixed plural noun rule, my apologies. @MarcInManhattan
    – Jackie L
    Nov 2, 2022 at 21:10
  • No need to apologize! I was just wondering because "all" can be used in the plural. (E.g.: "I have five dogs. All are German shepherds.") What is the "fixed plural noun rule"? Is it from a grammar book? Nov 3, 2022 at 0:38

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