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    All that have become interested

    Dear friends,

    Could you help me with this question.


    In my textbook there is a rule:

    “That (not who or which or what) is used after most indefinite pronouns.
    E.g. Have you got all that you need?
    Sylvia had always had everything that she wanted.”

    But we also have «all» that means everybody.
    E.g.
    All were of the same opinion = Everybody was of the same opinion.

    That “not who” in the rule as if implied animate beings, if I’m not mistaken.

    So, the question is whether it is possible to say:

    All that have become interested, welcome to the museum to see the displays.

    If the rule works, then we have to make the subject and the verb agree, therefore we have to use plural. It is plural that is the gist of the question. Because with singular everything is more or less clear : “And when there was someone that you didn’t want to speak to, you had the freedom not to answer”.

    So, one more time, what is your opinion about this sentence:

    All that have become interested, welcome to the museum to see the displays.


    Michael

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    Re: All that have become interested

    I would suggest :-
    All those interested are welcome to the museum to see the displays.

    I am not a teacher of English. Just someone who loves the language.

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    Re: All that have become interested

    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    Dear friends,

    Could you help me with this question.


    In my textbook there is a rule:

    “That (not who or which or what) is used after most indefinite pronouns.
    E.g. Have you got all that you need?
    Sylvia had always had everything that she wanted.”
    Michael
    Actually, your textbook examples aren't very well chosen (i) because that is in object position in both, so it would be better to omit these pronouns altogether; (ii) even so, in the first sentence "everything" sounds less awkward than all.
    - Have you got everything you need?
    - Sylvia had always had everything she wanted.

    If your pronoun (that/who etc) were in subject position in the subordinate clause, you would get this sort of sentence:
    Everything that relates to grammar fascinates me. BUT
    Everyone who /that saw her in that dress thought she looked stunning,

    where who would be more acceptable than that even though everyone is an indefinite pronoun.

    And (more literary): All who knew her loved her,

    where that is not even an option.

    Sorry to criticise your textbook but.....
    Last edited by naomimalan; 20-Oct-2008 at 19:21.

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