I have a very quick question that makes me stuck when I read magazines in particular.
The issue is the usage of that. I am totally aware of its usage in some examples but in some cases, it makes me totally confuse and cannot figure out what it refers to it.
The problem that now arises seems to be quite serious. [relative]
The problem arises now.
The problem seems to be quite serious.
The problem that economics is getting worse seems to be quite serious.
The problem is economics is getting worse
The problem seems quite serious.
All good so far.
However, some examples making me confuse is as follows.
Dislike of Mr Erdogan is one of the few things that unites all Germany’s political families. (Excerpt from The Economist Magazine)
Here, as far as I know before that there is a noun called things, but after that it says unites not unite. (Things are plural and In my opinion, it should have been written unite given that it refers to things)
All I know is that "that" refers to something mentioned right before itself.
Am I mistaken? Can "that" refer to something I cannot figure? ( In this case, maybe it refers to "one of the things")
Could anyone shed some light on that issue making me bothered?