Use of "that" or "who"


Shouldn't "who" be used instead of "that" when related to a person instead of an object?  Example:  For Eric, my husband, my lover, my best friend, WHO continues to inspire me.  Isn't this correct?

asked Jul 06 '13 at 19:36 Cheri Horn New member

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I agree with Lewis when the person's name ("Eric") is mentioned, and also for a non-restrictive relative clause, WHO is the only correct choice.  But for restrictive relative clauses where the person's name is not mentioned, either WHO or THAT are correct to refer to people.  That man sitting over there is the one who/that started working here yesterday.

link comment answered Jul 07 '13 at 04:40 Shawn Mooney Expert

You are correct. Use 'who' when referring to people.

link comment answered Jul 06 '13 at 20:14 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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