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Let's talk a little more about THAT...
Is it 'that' or is it 'who'?
—Mike is the person that caused all the trouble. [WRONG]
(Should be— 'who' caused all the trouble.)
—Suzy went to lunch with Sally, who she hadn't seen in months. [CORRECT]
—The newspaper that publicized the snowstorm announced the State of Emergency. [CORRECT]
—The meteorologists who predicted the historic snowstorm of 2015 did the best they could to predict the route of the nor'easter. [CORRECT]
You would also use 'who' for a group of people, such as politicians or doctors, etc.
—Half of the politicians who serve in Washington are crazy.
The best TIPSY to help you remember this 'rule' is you use who when you are talking about a person (or group of persons) and that when you are talking about an object.
Some might tell you it is acceptable to use 'that' for either people or objects. Since I follow the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style, I will agree to disagree while teaching my clients the above rule.
Side note: Animals and pets are supposed to be considered objects... Personally, I say, "My cats are WHO keep me grounded... and warm at night, too." I would accept my clients using 'that' for animals if it is their preference and they are consistent. However, I still think of them as a who. ;)
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