Are you a person or an object: Who vs. that

There’s no doubt about it – there are some writers who find these are the two words that always confuse them.

Who always is used when referring to a person, as in Lisa is the attorney who represents me.

That always is used when referring to an object or idea, as in Courtroom 4231 is the one that we will appear in.

And that explanation should solve the problem for anyone who was still confused!


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.