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Choosing between That and Who [migrated]

Which one of the following sentences is more appropriate (from both grammatical and daily conversational points of view)? I love things and people "who are beautiful. I love things and people &...
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Comma after "that" before parenthetical clause: optional?

I've noticed I'm coming across a lot of sentences that look like this, with a parenthetical clause surrounded by commas and preceded by a "that" that functions as a conjunction opening a ...
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Why does this sentence not mean reliable primary sources X (verb) the debate of the historians?

Why is the third "that" not implying the primary sources modify something about the historian's hot debate? It is a sad but just indictment of some high school history textbooks that they ...
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Middle English “Whan that” vs “Whan”

whan pronoun Definitions (Senses and Subsenses) whom MED online University of Michigan How does one construe “that” in the phrase “Whan that”? This seems to be the normal construction in ME, but ...
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What is the subject in the relative clause “that it affects the Earth's balance"?

People have extracted so much underground water that it affects the Earth's balance. Most relative clauses start with a relative pronoun, such as "that." What is the subject in the relative ...
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Acceptability of concessive parenthetical if clause

Is the following sentence correct? They might build a community that, if it could not change the depressing nature of the work, could at least make the workplace more bearable. Is it okay to have ...
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Why is this that-clause unnatural as the subject in this sentence?

(1)After the surprising Algiers Agreement between Iran and Iraq is reached, the United States stops its support for the Kurdish rebels, which causes the fragmentation of the opposition and an ...
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Use of 'that' in 'The morality of Buddhism is essentially that of the Upanishads except in the matter of forbidding sacrifice.' [closed]

Could anyone help me understand the use of 'that' in the below sentence? (I took this example from an old book) The morality of Buddhism is essentially that of the Upanishads except in the matter of ...
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Relative pronoun THAT and its omission

I recently encountered a grammar problem as follows: "I hope it'll rain tomorrow." "From ( ) you've just said, maybe you don't want to go on the picnic." i. that ii. what iii. ...
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Use of the word "that" in "The body is that of a..."

I have seen the word "that" used in sentences like the one below in newspapers whenever a body is found. "Police believe the body is that of a man seen entering the water at Watermead ...
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My first reaction "is that" I feel upset [closed]

My first reaction is that I feel upset. My first reaction is feeling upset. My first reaction is to feel upset. My first reaction is feel upset. Which one is more appropriate or natural in what ...
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Using 'place that' instead of 'place where'

Practical English Usage, Fourth Edition (Fully Revised International Edition), by Michael Swan has this sentence under subsection 237 relatives: advanced points: We need a place (that) we can stay ...
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"She got used to that her life had changed" - Can a preposition take a content clause as complement?

Can prepositions take content clauses as complement? For instance, are the sentences He did it by virtue of that he was annoyed and She eventually got used to that her life had changed grammatical?...
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Word order in a sentence using 'that' [closed]

Can I change the word order whatever way I want? They all appear to make sense but are they grammatically correct? It was so hot yesterday that I went swimming. Yesterday, it was so hot that I went ...
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Is "that of" used here correctly?

I wonder if "that of" used in the following question doesn't create grammatical error. If it does, then I also wonder the corrected form or alternatives. The statement: The running time ...
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Does taking elements out of a that-clause change the meaning?

Example sentences I came up with: A) He told me that I had to do it despite not wanting to. B) He told me that, despite not wanting to, I had to do it. C) Despite not wanting to, he told me that I ...
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Why the indefinite article is used with a proper name?

Reading Dune by Frank Herbert, I came across a sentence – That drunken fool of an Idaho! I know that this type of expression is usually used to render rebuke, scorn, contempt and what not. But I am ...
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'greater that' instead of 'greater than' - typo, autocorrect or new usage? [closed]

I regularly see people on the web type things like 'The health benefits of cycling are greater that the risks of being sedentary', where to me that should be 'greater than'. It seems like an odd typo ...
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Can anyone tell the function of "that" in the following sentence?

The Mona Lisa is a beautiful painting. However, it was the mystery behind the painting that intrigued people. In this sentence, can you identify what that is? Is that a relative pronoun or is the ...
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how to use "that" properly

We look forward to a revised proposal that the installation of lift will not lead to any loss of the school premises nor worsen the existing school environment. Is proposal that alright? Or is ...
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Using "that" with plural [duplicate]

I used the following grammar construction recently, and got corrected by someone: How many cards are that? Is using "that" when referring to multiple cards (a stack of cards) valid grammar?...
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When should I use "that" to linking phrases?

For example: I wish I was 16. I wish that I was 16. I know you love me. I know that you love. When would I put "that" or basically not put anything?
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"Expect": + that-clause vs + to-infinitive

In ‘I expect J will come’, you are simply saying you think he will, but in ‘I expect J to come’ you will be annoyed or disappointed if he does not. Instead of ‘expect something will not’ happen, you ...
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"They are" or "that they are"? [duplicate]

It's clear they are honest. vs. It's clear that they are honest. Is there a difference? Is one more correct than the other?
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Shall I put that/when in this sentence? [closed]

For your safety, you will only be given access to lifts and runs that/when your instructor determines you are capable of skiing safely. I was wondering if we put "that", which is a relative ...
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How does "that" work in this sentence by Ken Follett?

At the beginning of Ken Follett's book The Pillars of the Earth, he wrote: "It is in this rich tapestry, where kings and queens are corrupt, that the common man shows eternal promise -- and one ...
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Can we say: "I picked up that xxx"?

Would the following sentence still be grammatical if "information" is omitted? "I picked up information that oranges are bad for you." It's clear that what I've picked up is ...
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Could anyone tell the function of "that" in the following sentence?

The AirTag is also far from perfect. I wish they were louder — they are very quiet compared with Tiles — so playing sound wasn’t very helpful for finding them. I also did not love that for most ...
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"that that"?!? how to properly express doubt about a distance object?

How do you express that a particular-unknown/undefined item performed a action? Usually I would start my sentence with "I didn't knew that..." indicating a general unawareness. A possible ...
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How do you introduce a non-quote? [duplicate]

Initially, I drafted the following sentence. He argues we consistently make assumptions that are wrong. Later, because it looked like a quote, I added a comma. But, do I need a comma? He argues, we ...
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When does a pronoun function as demonstrative or relative?

A bold program was proposed in JFK's Rice University address, that of sending a man to the moon. I'd like to discuss a certain theory of historical progress today, that which is most famously ...
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Is this a proper usage of "that is"?

I've recently heard "that is" being used in a sentence with the following structure: Beethoven has created the masterpiece that is Symphony No. 5. This sentence feels a little bit awkward ...
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Is it "is" or "are" after "that" in the expression ...X of Y that is/are? Context provided in the question

I am aware of the solution using "can" or "will" to circumvent the issue, but I really want to know the answer. In the sentence below, "efficacy" is what "that" ...
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Why doesn't a that-clause follow "in spite of"?

I'm trying to think of an explanation as to why we don't use a that-clause after "in spite of". For example: In spite of the fact that I hadn't studied much for the exam, I passed it with ...
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relative pronoun 'which' vs 'that' [duplicate]

In this sentence, is there an error? In the name of revamping the law, investigation and trial should not be altered in a way which undermines the principles on which the judicial system was founded. ...
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What is the nature of That-complementizer here?

It was in 1945 that World World 2 ended. I think that is a complementizer, but I'm not sure of the nature of this complement. By nature I mean the part of speech of the complement clause and to what ...
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'The idea how/ the idea of how/ the idea that how' a recessive gene might become dominant

What word should come in place of (?) in the sentence below? Personally, I would use of or that.But I am not sure if these are correct or if I should forgo any word at all there. I would appreciate ...
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"that" as a determiner or complementizer

On projects in the built environment, people consider safety and functionality nonnegotiable. But the aesthetics of a new project―how it is designed―is too often considered irrelevant ― The question ...
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To keep or not to keep THAT is the question

Is it discretionary to drop "that" from the sentence below (and similar sentences)? The movie's script was so bad it blew. Or am I flouting some rule of grammar here? Thank you!
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Which + Noun : is a noun following after which?

Recently I have been learning SAT sentence correction, there is one sentence I don't quite understand. Here ... Begining in 1285, various commissions were set up in London to address the problem of ...
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the function of that other than leading clause?

A paragraph from a ACT reading test: I don't comprehend the sentence in blue bracket. Why is "that" at the beginning of the sentence while it is not a noun(subject) clause or sth?
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apposition clause and use of that

In the sentence below: "The other theory underlying Wright's design is that of organic architecture: that structure should appear to be an extension of their surroundings. " Question: I know ...
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the function of that [closed]

In the sentence below: Please tell me what does "that" function as here. I do not think it is a relative pronoun or something similar.
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How to parse A, B, or C that is D

Please consider this sentence "I will not engage in or undertake any other employment, occupation, consulting relationship, or commitment that is directly related to the business in which the ...
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Question on the comma placement in specific sentence

A comma before that seems to be very uncommon 1,2. But I am quite unsure about the following sentence: For each state and word, we calculate its orbit, that is, the set [... a mathematical formula ...
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When can I omit a redundant 'that'? [duplicate]

Can I omit a 'that' from the sentence I am confident that that can make me $50 so that it becomes I am confident that can make me $50 Please and thank you.
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proper use of 'that' demonstrative

I'm confused about how to use the 'that' demonstrative in the following sentence: Finally, in Part 4 we analysed the results that obtained in the parts mentioned above, and we showed further ...
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Can you prove that phrase "it's important that you to remove" is grammatically incorrect?

I found several times in books the structure with that-clause, where they put the infinitive with the particle "to" after "that". For example, from Advanced Apple Debugging & Reverse Engineering ...
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Is it informal to omit the word "that" when it's optional?

I know there have been many questions about omitting "that" or not, but none of them addressed formality. I am writing a thesis in Romania and my supervisor gave me some feedback in which, among other ...
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usage of that in "the bridge that artificial life"

"That chasm was life itself, the bridge that artificial life in which Aleksey Aleksandrovich had lived." This quote is from Anna Karenina written by Leo Tolstoy. I want to know how "that" is ...
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