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    cleft sentences

    Hi,

    1- It affects people like me who/that are used to this pain.

    2- It affects people like me who/that is used to this pain.

    Could you please tell me which one is the correct usage? In my opinion, both sentences are OK but I am not sure whether the 'that' in the first sentence is proper or not.

    Thanks.

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    Re: cleft sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    1- It affects people like me who/that are used to this pain.

    2- It affects people like me who/that is used to this pain.

    Could you please tell me which one is the correct usage? In my opinion, both sentences are OK but I am not sure whether the 'that' in the first sentence is proper or not.

    Thanks.
    Use "who" when talking about people (general rule). After "people" you need to use "are" so sentence 2 is incorrect with "is".

    It affects people like me - [people] who are used to this pain.
    It affects people who are used to this pain - people like me.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: cleft sentences

    Thanks for the answer. So, 'that' in the fist example (..........that are used to this pain) is OK, it that right?

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    Re: cleft sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Thanks for the answer. So, 'that' in the fist example (..........that are used to this pain) is OK, it that right?
    Yes. Even though "who" is preferred by most, "that" can be used to refer to people.

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