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    that on the phone

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    Am I right that the "that" here is a pronoun which means (could be replaced with) "the person which was" ?
    Thank you.
    Last edited by Vik-Nik-Sor; 18-Apr-2014 at 19:51. Reason: a --> the


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    Re: that on the phone

    Hello!

    *I AM NOT A NATIVE OR TEACHER.*

    Yes, "that" here is a pronoun and refers to the person on the phone.
    In response to the question, "Who was that on the phone?", one may say: "That was John."

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    Re: that on the phone

    Vik-Nik-Sor, are you suggesting this sentence: "Who was the person which was on the phone?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: that on the phone

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Vik-Nik-Sor, are you suggesting this sentence: "Who was the person which was on the phone?"
    Yes, I am...


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    Re: that on the phone

    If you had to make the original (perfectly fine) sentence longer, then "Who was the person who was on the phone?" would be grammatical but unnecessary.

    Who was on the phone?
    What was that on the phone?
    Who was on the phone just now?
    Who just rang?
    Who were you just talking to [on the phone]?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: that on the phone

    Quote Originally Posted by Vik-Nik-Sor View Post
    Am I right that the "that" here is a pronoun which means (could be replaced with) "the person which was" ?
    '...the person which was' is definitely unacceptable.

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