Is it WHO or THAT?

What kind of boys are those THAT/WHO can't spell?

Not usre if it's THAT because it's reffering to an action verb or who.

9 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    It is WHO.

  • RP
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Make it, what kind of boys can't spell.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You might find native speakers who use 'who' and others who use 'that'!

    Logically it should be 'who' because you are asking about living people.

    I might say: What sort of (a) boy cannot spell?'  Your whole sentence is clumsy and longwinded.

  • 2 months ago

    Victims of an inept System

    No One should fall Through the cracks that is the sign of Bad schools and Bad teachers

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  • 2 months ago

    In formal, academic writing, use "who" because "boys" are people. But in informal speaking, people often use "that" for people. 

  • 2 months ago


    Some of you need to go online and do some research vice making crap up or pulling rules out of your butts. There is no hard-and-fast rule...what I provided were some of the rules I found online...but, there's no consensus for these words...who and that are indeed interchangeable in this sentence.  


    Who and that are interchangeable in this sentence. Online, several grammar rules appear on many sites: 

    “Who” should be used only when referring to people.

    “That” can be used for referring to people and objects/subjects.

    Using “Who” In The Singular Person

    In the singular person, it is preferable to use “who”. 

    For example:

    Peter, who was a fine marksman, shot the thief with expert accuracy.

    Because you wouldn’t say:

    Peter, that was a fine marksman, shot the thief with expert accuracy.

    However, you can use “that” on occasion for the singular person. A writer might do this when referring to someone they don’t know personally or have a name for. 

    For example:

    The guy that came to fix my water pipes last year said the pipes were very worn.

    Using “Who” and “That” In The Plural

    In the plural, we can use “that” or “Who”. 

    For example,

    Men that act in this way are quite despicable.

    Men who act in this way are quite despicable.

    As a general rule of thumb use “who” in the singular person, and use “who” and “that” where appropriate in the plural person. But never use “who” to indicate an object/subject, instead use “that” for that purpose.

    What kind of boys are those who can't spell?

    What kind of boys are those that can't spell?

    Both are correct. 

  • 2 months ago

    Both "that" and "who" are applicable.

    The people THAT / WHO she spoke to we're very kind.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You are very confused. "Action verbs" have absolutely nothing to do with this. 

    WHO and THAT are pronouns, and which one you use depends on the NOUN they stand for.  Here, the noun is BOYS, which refers to people, so you use WHO.

     If the noun referred to a thing ( "These are the cars ------ were in the accident") you'd use THAT. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    "Who" because you're talking about people.

    "That" is used when speaking about things.

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