“Who” Versus “That”
It seems to have become acceptable to use “that” for people instead of “who” in conversational language. There are also writings of various genres where these two sentence elements are being used interchangeably. The distinction between the two is simple, as we all know it: “who” for people and “that” for animals, groups, or things. By honoring the cognitive purpose of each of these words, we can help our writing to become clear and precise.
Thank you for listening to a pet peeve of mine . . .