That or who?

That or who

Sometimes, people make mistakes using “that” when referring to specific persons. The general rule is that is used to refer to any persons and not a specific person. For example:

The people that go to the opera are usually well-educated.

This example refers to people in general so “that” is aceptable. You can use “who” instead of “that”. Both are correct.

The person who bought the Ferrari was a member of Podemos. Here the person is specific and “who” is correct.

As a general rule, it is better to use “who”, as “that” can be incorrect or odd (extraño) in some contexts.

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