We’re in the middle of parent-student-teacher conferences here at CHS, so I’m in it up to my eyeballs. Accordingly, you’re getting a quick hit Grammar Wednesday.
It’s people who and things that.
I had a kind of Abbott and Costello thing going on the other day with one of my freshmen. She was starting an explanation with, “People that..” and I kept interrupting her with, “People who…” She couldn’t figure out that I was correcting her modifier; she thought I was asking for clarification of the people she was talking about and was starting to get annoyed with me that I wasn’t letting her get to the verbs. Finally, I went to the board and wrote out “People who / things that.” The light bulb went on over her head, but I’m still hearing her say “people that.” I’ll keep at her – and the rest of her generation – about it.