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    Have you ever been in a situation ___ you know the other person is right yet you cannot agree with him?

    A. in which B. that C. where 

    I think " in which"="where", they r both correct, but I dont know why "that " is incorrect.
    Do they share the same reason for this sentence?
    She remembered several occasions in the past when she had experienced a similar feeling.
    Last edited by *^^*; 05-Oct-2010 at 10:23.

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    Re: ?

    Quote Originally Posted by *^^* View Post
    Have you ever been in a situation ___ you know the other person is right yet you cannot agree with him?

    A. in which B. that C. where 

    I think " in which"="where", they r both correct, but I dont know why "that " is incorrect.
    Do they share the same reason for this sentence?
    She remembered several occasions in the past when she had experienced a similar feeling.
    I'm, not sure what you mean by 'share the same reason for' but I assume you mean 'have the same meaning as' - which (apart from philosophical problems about what we mean by 'the same' and 'meaning') is true (for A and C).

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    Re: ?

    PS - re B:

    Think about the sentence
    'Have you ever been in a situation that you can't control?' There's a clear link between the verb in the relative clause and the 'that'; 'that' (the situation) is the object of 'control'.


    In 'Have you ever been in a situation that you know the other person is right yet you cannot agree with him?' there is no such link. It is wrong.

    But you could (but wouldn't ) say:

    Have you ever been in a situation that is one in which you know the other person is right yet you cannot agree with him?

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