That, Who, Which, What?

30 Apr
My sister, Marla, forwarded this “Word Tripper” tip from Barbara McNichol Editorial:

That, which – Use “that” when the phrase that follows is essential to the meaning of the sentence. “We provide guides that serve as an alternative to our programs.” Use “which” when the phrase is parenthetical—i.e., it’s not critical to understanding the sentence. “The self-teaching guides, which complement services we offer, provide an alternative to our programs.” You could also omit the phrase and say, “The guides provide an alternative to our programs.”

That, who – “That” relates to things while “who” relates to people. “I have a friend who did me a favor, one that I greatly appreciated.”
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Thanks, Barbara, we needed that! To learn more, visit BarbaraMcNichol.com
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