He inspires great loyalty in his staff

My question is how do you think: is a person which is talked about the superior or the coworker in this context?

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"His staff" undoubtedly implies that 'he' is the employer or manager. Otherwise it would be among his colleagues/coworkers


The use of "his staff" suggests that the person is inspiring loyalty in those who work for him, his subordinates, rather than his co-workers. That is definitely the most likely interpretation of the example sentence. But this sentence could be used when "co-workers" is intended. One cannot be sure without additional context.

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