"who" vs. "that"

Heather Marie Kosur hmkosur at ILSTU.EDU
Sun Jul 26 15:02:29 UTC 2009


There is a prescription for who versus that. However, as a
prescriptive rule, it is clearly not reflective of actual use. I
actually just wrote on this subject in my Hubfolio:


Hope that answers your question!


Heather Marie Kosur
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Quoting Bill Palmer <w_a_palmer at BELLSOUTH.NET>:

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> A current Kellogg's Special K commercial claims, "Research shows women =
> THAT eat breakfast have fewer problems with weight" (last few words may =
> not be exactly right, but you get the picture)
> I would have said "...women WHO...", because it just sounds more =
> natural.  Are there any "prescriptions" for this?
> Bill Palmer
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