You can never stop people who are wiling to die

May I use "that" instead of "who"?


‘That’ in your case is a pronoun which can replace the pronoun who.
Generally it is used as the subject or object of a relative clause, especialy one defining or restricting the antecedent, sometimes replaceable by who, whom, or which: the horse that he bought, the man that came, etc.


I have read and confirmed it in many places - both are okay though some believe that who-goes-with-people rule is still better. Nevertheless, that is a relative pronoun there so it'll also work.

Well, my personal choice is who as that (though serving as a relative pronoun) does not look used for a human/living thing as compared to who

Further reading here

  • Your reference says: It is "entirely" acceptable to write either the man that wanted to talk to you, or the man who wanted to talk to you - See more at: quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/… – Lucian Sava Mar 5 '14 at 7:42
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    I already said both are okay in my very first sentence! I then talked about my personal opinion. And the link is for further reading. – Maulik V Mar 5 '14 at 7:53
  • I don't think this is as hotly divisive as the article implies. They are interchangeable and most English speakers will not notice. That said, you frequently see "who" as a relative pronoun in hyperbole than in everyday speech. – Metagrapher Mar 5 '14 at 8:09
  • This aligns with my view on the subject. In writing, I often find myself changing that to who in my second draft, simply because it sounds a little better. In speech, sometimes that will come out of my mouth, and it still passes as acceptable speech. – J.R. Mar 5 '14 at 9:25

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