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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?

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  • in colloquial speech "наша врач" is also accepted.
    – shabunc
    Dec 28 '12 at 17:59
  • Looks like somebody went through and downvoted every single answer to this question. I'm interested to know what the reason for this was.
    – Aleks G
    Jan 8 '13 at 20:58
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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.

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  • Care to explain why the downvote?
    – Aleks G
    Jan 8 '13 at 20:57
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Well, you use "врач", and it's male. So, You should use "один" here:

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

But if noun whould be female, you should use female form. For example:

Одна их тех людей, которые никогда не откажут в помощи -- это наша мать.
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You should use 'Один из тех людей, которые никогда не откажут в помощи - это наш врач,' because врач means a male doctor so you should use Один.

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    Врач doesn't necessarily mean a male doctor. A female doctor is also врач.
    – Aleks G
    Dec 31 '12 at 0:48

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