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In the following sentence which way would be correct?

Один/одна из тех людей, которые никогда не откажут в помощи - это наш врач.

The singular of люди is человек which is male. But what if the aforementioned doctor is a female?

{ asked by Geo }

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In a sentence as you wrote it, when you refer to some generic doctor, you will use один (masculine) version in a sentence like this:

Один из тех людей, которые никогда не откажут в помощи - это наш врач.

The main reason for it is not that the singular of люди is человек (which is masculine), but that врач is masculine (as a word, not a person). This is why you use наш with it. You could say

Одна из тех людей, которые никогда не откажут в помощи - это наша врач.

In this case you are referring to a specific doctor - and in that case using одна would be grammatically correct: if you are talking about a specific female doctor in a specific group of people. Another example would be

Одна из этих людей - наша врач.

However in a general conversation you would use word один.

{ answered by Aleks G }
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