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    It ... that ~

    I ate sandwich in the restaurant yesterday.

    s1. It was I that[who] ate sandwich in the restaurant yesterday.

    s2. It was sandwich that[which] I ate in the restaurant yesterday.

    s3. It was in the restaurant that[where] I ate sandwich yesterday.

    s4. It was yesterday that[when] I ate sandwich in the restaurant.

    Can each 'that' from s1 to s4 be changed into a relative form(who, which, where, when)?

    I have hardly seen the case of s2 and s3.

    And I can't find any accurate description about that.

    Please let me know.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: It ... that ~

    Quote Originally Posted by pseudo View Post
    I ate a sandwich in the restaurant yesterday. (We assume we know which restaurant you mean.)

    s1. It was I that[who] ate a sandwich in the restaurant yesterday.

    s2. It was a sandwich that[which] I ate in the restaurant yesterday.

    s3. It was in the restaurant that[where] I ate a sandwich yesterday.

    s4. It was yesterday that[when] I ate a sandwich in the restaurant.

    Can each 'that' from s1 to s4 be changed into a relative form(who, which, where, when)?

    I have hardly seen the case of s2 and s3.

    And I can't find any accurate description about that.

    Please let me know.

    Thank you in advance.
    To my ear, all of them sound better with the "that" except the one with "who" since we tend to use "who" with people.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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