Retired English Teacher
Are both A and B correct and natural in the sentences below? If yes, which is better, A or B? Thank you.
1. It was in Central Park (A. that B. where) I met John yesterday.
2. It was yesterday (A. that B. when) I met John in Central Park.
Pope of the Dictionary.com Forum
If you are simply talking about the time and place of the meeting, I find the 'that' versions more natural. If 'it refers to something else, then we have non-defining clauses, and 'that' is not possible.
1. It (the murder) was in Central Park, where I met John yesterday.
2. It (argument) was yesterday, when I met John in Central Park.