# Thread: "People who" or "People that"?

1. ## "People who" or "People that"?

Hello!

I need some help figuring out which one is correct and why?

Thanks to all
Carol

2. ## Re: "People who" or "People that"?

Both are fine.

3. ## Re: "People who" or "People that"?

Yup, both are fine. :) And a lot of people use that to avoid misusing which and whom.

4. ## Re: "People who" or "People that"?

Yes, but the choice depends on the type of the subordinate clause.

5. ## Re: "People who" or "People that"?

Originally Posted by Humble
Yes, but the choice depends on the type of the subordinate clause.
I heard on TV someone say "You have people that love you" and I felt that "You have people who love you" was more appropriate but couldn't find a legitimate explanation.
Thanks,
Carol

6. ## Re: "People who" or "People that"?

Originally Posted by Humble
Yes, but the choice depends on the type of the subordinate clause.
Yes.

7. ## Re: "People who" or "People that"?

Originally Posted by whatever_love_means
Yes.
Sorry, do you mean the "who" vs. "that" depends on the subordinate clause, or the "who" vs. "whom"? If the former, could you elaborate please?

8. ## Re: "People who" or "People that"?

Originally Posted by fiona bramble
Sorry, do you mean the "who" vs. "that" depends on the subordinate clause, or the "who" vs. "whom"? If the former, could you elaborate please?
Hello. "Which" vs. "That". You have to know, I am not a teacher. I will, however, try my best to explain. (Somebody save me. XD)

"That" is used for restrictive clauses: "The dog that bit you just died." (Oh my, Rabies.)
"Which" is used for nonrestrictive clauses: "The dog, which bit you, just died."

I hope I did okay.

9. ## Re: "People who" or "People that"?

Hi, sorry I missed the thread of the thread; now I understand what you were getting at! Oh, and you did a good job of explaining, so no worries

10. ## Re: "People who" or "People that"?

Originally Posted by fiona bramble
Hi, sorry I missed the thread of the thread; now I understand what you were getting at! Oh, and you did a good job of explaining, so no worries
Whew! Great.

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