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    Question "that" in appositive clause

    I asked this question before, but still don't understand. =(

    1."Have you ever been in a situation where you know the other person is right yet you cannot agree with him?"
    2." She remembered several occasions in the past when she had experienced a similar feeling."

    Can I use "that" replace the above relative words "where"&"when", change them from Attributive Clauses to appositive clauses.

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    Re: "that" in appositive clause

    You appear to be asking about the usability of relative adverb 'that' in place of relative adverbs 'where' and 'when'. The answer is that, while this is sometimes possible, or even desirable (e.g. the day that she arrived instead of the day when she arrived), most speakers would probably not find it entirely acceptable with regard to either of these examples.

    Note also, from an analytical viewpoint, that whichever adverb we may use, the clause constructed remains an adjectival relative (a.k.a. attributive) clause. An appositive clause is quite different.

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    Re: "that" in appositive clause

    Thank you , philo2009

    I looked through some related books yesterday. They say an Appositive Clause only states these words ,"idea,plan,fact,theory,promise,hope,news,doubt,truth,information,suggestion,question, thought,belief,conclusion"

    e.g. I heard the news that our team had won.
    There was a suggestion that Brown should be dropped from the team.

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    Re: "that" in appositive clause

    The main point is that an appositive clause is a kind of nominal clause (standing, as its name indicates, in apposition to a foregoing NP) and thus differs fundamentally from an attributive clause, an adnominal sentence element.

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    Re: "that" in appositive clause

    Agree with you , but still confussed. =(
    If I have to express the following ideas by using appositive clause, how can I say them?
    1."Have you ever been in a situation where you know the other person is right yet you cannot agree with him?"
    2." She remembered several occasions in the past when she had experienced a similar feeling."

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    Re: "that" in appositive clause

    Simply not possible!

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