Friday, December 14, 2012

Who and That (Part 2 of 3)

In eighth-grade English, you probably learned a simple rule: If you refer to people or animals, use who; if you refer to objects, use that. Most people tend to use that constantly and rarely infuse a sentence with a who.

Today the distinction has largely vanished. This is one of those rules that many people don't know or don't care about. My wife, who is my proofreader, cares deeply about this distinction. (Did you notice the use of who?)

Who refers to people or animals; 
otherwise I use that.

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