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The Grumpy Grammarian: Who vs. That

I am continually astounded to hear evening newscasters use these terms incorrectly, and I cringe each and every time it happens. These terms are also unfortunately misused in newspapers and magazines, as well, bringing my flow of reading to a screeching halt with the wrongness of it.


Use “who” when referring to a person: Mary is the girl who is dating Jim.

Use “that” when referring to anything that is not a person – a dog, a chair, etc.: Can you help me find the ball that rolled under the house?

Thank you, and please pass this on.

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