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    use of "that" and "who"

    is it incorrect to use "that" for "who" as follows:

    "Any volunteer that would like additional hours is encouraged...."

    versus "Any volunteer who would like additional hours is encouraged...."

    Thanks in advance!
    Therese

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    Re: use of "that" and "who"

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    No, you can use either that or who.
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    Re: use of "that" and "who"

    Original poster here. Sorry, I'm new to this site as well and read some other posts on this topic after-the-fact.

    In line with what another poster wrote, since "volunteer" is not associated with any specific person, it is indeed acceptable to use "that." Either way, is it "incorrect" enough to be edited to "who"?


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    Re: use of "that" and "who"

    Not really. It's more a stylistic preference.

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    Re: use of "that" and "who"

    No, I don't believe 'that' can ever be considered wrong in a defining clause (such as yours), however 'who' is probably used more often in written English and 'that' is probably used more often in spoken English.

    If you want examples of 'that' (instead of 'who') used by respected authors, here are the titles of two stories -- one by Mark Twain, and the other by Edgar Allan Poe:
    The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
    The Man That Was Used Up


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