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# Query regarding "that".

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03 Aug 2017, 04:53
I will marry a guy that emails me when I block him.

Is "that" correct here? Would using "who" make it wrong?
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03 Aug 2017, 04:58
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I will marry a guy that emails me when I block him.

Is "that" correct here? Would using "who" make it wrong?

For persons, we must use who and for things we must use that.

Hence, the correct form of your sentence will be:

I will marry a girl who emails me when I block her.
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03 Aug 2017, 13:34
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abhimahna is correct, although I've never seen the GMAT test 'who' versus 'that'.

What you will see, is 'which' versus 'that'. They can be used in the same place in a sentence, but using 'which' makes the modifier into an 'inessential' modifier, and 'that' makes the modifier into an 'essential' modifier. For instance, these two sentences have different meanings:

I live in the third house, which is red.

I live in the third house that is red.

(The comma vs no comma distinction also always shows up here, and it's the only time the GMAT really directly tests commas.)
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03 Aug 2017, 23:40
I will marry a guy that emails me when I block him.

Is "that" correct here? Would using "who" make it wrong?

Hi wadepooja9, as a relative pronoun (as is the case in the sentence that you've presented), that can only modify non-persons and hence, your sentence would not be correct.

p.s. Our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana had a handy table for relative pronouns. Have attached the corresponding section of the book, for your reference.
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