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    Relative Pronouns: That and Which

    I already did my homework by reading this:
    http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/edu...ho-versus-that

    According to Grammar Girl:
    We use:
    "who" for people, and
    "that" for things
    before a restrictive clause!

    We use:
    "which" before a nonrestrictive clause.

    But, as far as I know "which" is only used for things. My question is:
    What should I use for people in nonrestrictive clauses? I suppose this is not correct:

    The boy, which won the game, is happy.

    Should I use who for people in nonrestrictive clauses?
    Thank you!

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    #2
    Quote Originally Posted by zoltankr View Post
    Should I use 'who​' for people in nonrestrictive clauses?
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoltankr View Post
    According to Grammar Girl:
    We use:
    "who" for people, and
    "that" for things
    before a restrictive clause!
    If you had read a little further, you would have noted that she said "[...] it's more of a gray area than some people think, and if you have strong feelings about it, you could make an argument for using that when you're talking about people". I am one of the people who* say that 'that' for people is perfectly acceptable, except, perhaps, in more formal writing.

    *You'll notice that I tend to use 'who' in my own writing.

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