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    Who VS That

    Good Day,

    I am confused with the usage of who and that. which one is correct?

    Employees who missed more than 15 working days in a calendar year.
    Employees that missed more than 15 working days in a calendar year.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Who VS That

    http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/pronouns-relative.htm
    According to the above, 'that' is preferable because it is a defining relative clause.

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    #3

    Re: Who VS That

    Note that neither of your examples is a complete sentence.

    Employees who miss ... what? What happens to them? How does the sentence end?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Who VS That

    Either "who" or "that" could be used. I think "who" would be more common.

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    Re: Who VS That

    Employees who missed more than 15 working days in a calendar year would not be qualified for annual bonus.
    Employees that missed more than 15 working days in a calendar year would not be qualified for annual bonus.

    Which one should I use? thanks

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    Re: Who VS That

    MikeNewYork said in his above post that either could be used.

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    Re: Who VS That

    Quote Originally Posted by Loveme520 View Post


    Which one should I use? thanks

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,

    I personally would say / write: "Any employee that missed more than 15 working days in a calendar year would not be qualified for the annual bonus."

    I like the "rule" that prefers (does not require) "that" when referring to a class of people. (Notice the word "any.")

    But if I were still working, I would definitely use "who" because no one could find fault with me. If I used "that," it is likely that someone would criticize me for "bad" English. And in today's economy, you should not do anything that can harm your work record.



    James

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    Re: Who VS That

    I dislike "would not be qualified for annual bonus" intensely.

    Employees who/that have missed/who miss more than 15 working days in a/one calendar year, do not/will not qualify for an annual bonus.

    I still prefer "who" in that context but I would not mark "that" as incorrect in a test.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Who VS That

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I dislike "would not be qualified for annual bonus" intensely.
    Is it acceptable to replace 'qualified' with 'eligible'?

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    #10

    Re: Who VS That

    Yes. It still needs "an" before "annual bonus".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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