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  1. #1

    Unhappy use that or who

    1) My father has a factory ...... makes bread.
    2) The building ...... was on fire last year is being rebuilt now.
    3) My father introduced me to the pearson ......designs a web page.
    4) An Interior Designer is a person ...... designs the inside of a building

    do we use that, who or which and why

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    Re: use that or who

    Use "who" for people and "which" for things. If the relative clause happens to be a so-called defining relative clause -- which is the case in all of your examples -- then you can use "that" for both people and things.

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    #3

    Re: use that or who

    Rewboss, out of curiosity, why do you say 'so-called'?

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    Re: use that or who

    I guess if one holds true to past terminology, then so-called (adj., wrongly called the specified thing) works.

    Terminology (past): restrictive, non-restrictive clauses
    Terminology (present): defining, non-defining clauses

    That's my guess . . .

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    Re: use that or who

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Rewboss, out of curiosity, why do you say 'so-called'?
    Because that's what it's called.

    "So-called" doesn't always mean "this is the wrong word for it". It can also mean, "There's this thing, and it has a complicated-sounding name, and this is what that name is".

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    Re: use that or who

    OK- I was just wondering if you meant it in the shouldn't-be-called-that sense.

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    Re: use that or who

    Ah! In that case, sans the hyphen: so called.

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