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Are these both correct?

  1. Tom was wearing a hat that was too big for him.

  2. The hat Tom was wearing was too big for him.

Thanks in advance.

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  • Yup. They're both correct and they both come from the same simple clauses. And they're not the only correct combinations, either; which can be used instead of that in (1), though one of them is required (no deletion of subject relative pronouns), and either which or that can be inserted after hat in (2). Since the relative pronoun isn't the subject of the relative clause, it can be deleted. – John Lawler Feb 24 at 0:49
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    Incidentally, note that "that" is not a relative pronoun but a subordinator. – BillJ Feb 24 at 11:53
  • Note also that "that" nevertheless acts precisely like a relative pronoun, and is generally treated as one by most people's grammars. The POS on its ID card is not checked. – John Lawler Feb 24 at 16:30
  • But it doesn't act like a relative pronoun. CGEL gives several solid and plausible reasons for classifying it as a subordinator. – BillJ Feb 24 at 17:14

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