"He is a person with great empathy for..." vs. "He is a person who has great empathy for..."

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Stratty, Feb 11, 2019 at 9:09 PM.

  1. Stratty New Member

    Spanish
    • "He is a person with great empathy for..."
    • "He is a person who has great empathy for..."
    • ("He is a person that has great empathy for...")

    Are these fully interchangeable? Which is more common or reads better? Thanks!
     
  2. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    You haven't given us a full sentence but I see nothing wrong with the first two. We try to avoid "that" when referring to people.
     
  3. Egmont Senior Member

    Massachusetts, U.S.
    English - U.S.
    How about just "He has great empathy for ..."? It's a bit obvious that he's a person.
     
  4. Stratty New Member

    Spanish
    Thanks!

    I just wanted to make sure both constructions were equally correct and that both read equally well. To give more context and turn it into a full sentence, I will reword it a bit:
    • He is a father with great empathy for all the world's children.
    • He is a father who has great empathy for all the world's children.
    Are these equal in meaning, readability, and even commonality?
     

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