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    "when" or "that"

    This is my question:
    It was in 1990 __ I met my husband.
    a. which b. when c. who d. that.
    I opted "B. when" because we talk about "time", how about "that"? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: "when" or "that"

    Quote Originally Posted by fire fly View Post
    This is my question:
    It was in 1990 __ I met my husband.
    a. which b. when c. who d. that.
    I opted for "B. when", because we talk about "time". How about "that"?

    The correct answer is "that".

    It was in 1990 that I met my husband. The first part of the sentence talks about time. The second part of the sentence talks about the event. So we don't put "when" in the second part.
    "when" would be used in a sentence like '1990 was when I met my husband.'

    Thanks in advance.
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    Wink Re: "when" or "that"

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    Dear Mr. Key 2006.
    Thanks a lot for your correction. However, could you give me more explanation about not using "when" here such as more examples. Thanks again.

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    Re: "when" or "that"

    Quote Originally Posted by fire fly View Post
    Dear Mr. Key 2006.
    Thanks a lot for your correction. However, could you give me more explanation about not using "when" here such as more examples. Thanks again.
    "It was in 1990 when I met my husband is redundant. "in 1990" is a when, so you don't need another when.
    It would be somewhat like saying 'the place where' or 'the time when'.

    But you can say 'It was in 1990, when I met my husband, that I knew I wanted to live in France.'
    I don't know if I can explain it better. Maybe one needs to be somewhat familiar with English grammar and its 'logic' to understand what I am saying.

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    Re: "when" or "that"

    The test sentence takes the form of a so-called cleft construction, a two-part sentence consisting of a main clause introduced by 'It is/was/...' and a subordinate, whose purpose is to place emphasis on the main clause complement (underlined in the examples below').

    Cleft sentences are essentially of two types:

    (1) Those where the main clause complement is a noun phrase.

    (2) Those where the main clause complement is a form other than a NP (typically an adverbial of place, time or manner).

    In type (1), the connector is a relative pronoun (i.e. who, which or that), e.g.

    It was John who/that lent me the money.

    while in type (2), it is the conjunction 'that' :

    It was here that he was born.
    It was in 1990 that the Internet began to take off.
    It was with a heavy heart that he signed the death warrant.

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    Re: "when" or "that"

    Quote Originally Posted by fire fly View Post
    This is my question:
    It was in 1990 __ I met my husband.
    a. which b. when c. who d. that.
    Philo is right, and for examination answers you must follow his advice.

    However, you frequently here 'when' used in this situation by native speakers.

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