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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?
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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?


Hi wadepooja9 ,

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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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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wadepooja9 wrote:
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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