Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

Our testers are actually very nice people with a soul.

Assuming it is grammatically correct, is it logically correct? Am I implying that all of our testers share a single soul?

I understand that there are less confusing alternatives, such as

Our testers are actually very nice people with souls.

... but I'm only concerned about the correctness of the first sentence.

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    Since sharing a soul is semantically unlikely, the first would be understood as the second.
    – Barmar
    Dec 18, 2014 at 21:20

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Read literally, your first sentence does suggest that all the testers share a soul. But since the common understanding of the meaning of soul makes this unlikely, no one would expect that you actually meant it, so they would interpret it as your second sentence.

But if you replace soul with something that's likely to be shared, the inference would be taken. E.g.

Our testers are very nice people living in a house.

suggests that your testers are housemates.

  • Your example would be more relevant if you said ...people with a house.
    – Drew
    Dec 18, 2014 at 22:36
  • That was how I first wrote it, but the sharing implication didn't seem as strong.
    – Barmar
    Dec 18, 2014 at 22:45

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