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  1. wotcha22
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    It was in the park that/where the old man wanted to take a rest

    1. It was yesterday that I had lunch with Jimmy.
    2. It was yesterday when I had lunch with Jimmy.

    3. It was in the park that the old man wanted to take a rest.
    4. It was in the park where the old man wanted to take a rest

    5. It is in the box that I found a present.
    6. It is in the box where I found a present.

    7. It was a cat that I lost.
    8. It was a cat which I lost.

    What I'm wondering is whether sentence 2, 4, 6 and 8 are grammatical.

    Especially, I want to know if 4 is interchangeable with 3.

    Thank you.

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    Re: It was in the park that/where the old man wanted to take a rest

    I want to know if 4 is interchangeable with 3
    They're not the same to me- 4 tells me which park it was in, so there must be more than one possible park.

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    Re: It was in the park that/where the old man wanted to take a rest

    I am not a teacher.

    These pairs don't mean the same to me.

    1, 3, 5, and 7 are all OK and are stand-alone statements as far as I'm concerned.

    2, 4, and 6 sound more like answers to questions.

    When did you find out? It was yesterday when I had lunch with Jimmy.
    Where did they find the body? It was in the park where the old man wanted to take a rest.
    Where did you put the key? It is in the box where I found a present.

    I don't like 8.

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    Re: It was in the park that/where the old man wanted to take a rest

    Most of these are so unnatural unless you are correcting someone else's mis-statement. No, it wasn't at the drycleaner, it was at the park...

    I agree with Roman that some sound like answers to questions.

    Who would ever say "It was a cat that I lost"?

    When did you lose your dog?
    No, I lost my cat, not my dog.
    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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