the ones <who /that> [Irish English]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Rabelaisian, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Rabelaisian Senior Member

    Toronto, Canada
    English - Canadian
    Hello. Is it more common to hear people in Ireland use "who" rather than "that" when referring to people? For example:

    1. They are the ones who made the mistake.
    2. They are the ones that made the mistake.

    Or is it about evenly divided between the two like it is among English speakers in Canada the States? Keep in mind, I'm talking about what is more commonly used colloquially.


    Source: me.
  2. perpend

    perpend Senior Member

    American English
    I'm also curious what native Irish English speakers say.

    I would use both and not think about it twice in the Midwest (very heavily Irish-influenced) of the USA.
  3. wandle

    wandle Senior Member

    English - British
    The two terms are pretty well interchangeable in such a context.
    This is a very simple, common, basic fact of English.
    It hardly seems significant enough for anyone to research it in oral practice.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2013

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