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In the below sentence, is it more correct to use the word "which" instead of “who,” since the preceding words are in the singular form and the singular verb "is" is used in the sentence?

"The percentage of the earth’s population who cannot read is far less nowadays than in the preceding centuries."

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Alexander Hillsis it more correct to use the word "which" instead of “who

No.

Alexander Hillsthe preceding words are in the singular form and the singular verb "is" is used in the sentence

'who' is not a problem with singular nouns and verbs.

a person who is tall
the man who is standing near the door
the candidate who is most likely to win

CJ

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Thank you. I can see now that although the word “population” is impersonal and there are contexts where it can be referred to with the word “which,” it is correct to use the word “who” in the above-mentioned sentence.