It was here that we met.
Seems like a perfectly fine setence, right? However, I'm puzzled about what part of speech "that" belongs to. Does anyone know? I'm trying to find more information about this usage, but it's really hard to look for it if you don't know what it's called. I have consulted Longman, but I couldn't find this usage there. My first idea was that you could rewrite this sentence by replacing "that" with "where", 'It was here where we met' but that's probably not right.
Thank you in advance.
Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 06-Sep-2012 at 02:06.
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
5jj, thank you.
Would you say that 'It was here that we met' and 'It was here where we met' mean the same thing? Or does the second sentence sound incomplete?
* This is not false humility. When it comes to tenses, I know what I am talking about. This is not the case with labelling, particularly with clause analysis, but also with parts of speech at times,
It seems to me that "It was here where we met" would be more succinctly put as "This is/was where we met". I agree with 5jj's 50-year-old belief that "reason why" and "time when" are tautologous.
Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.