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    the same water she used

    She washed her feet with the same water that she used just now.

    Can "that" be omitted in the sentence? And if "that" is replaced by "as", will the sentence mean differently? Thanks for help!

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    Re: the same water she used

    I think the relative pronoun 'that' can be omitted according to http://esl.fis.edu/grammar/rules/relative.htm

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    Re: the same water she used

    Yes, roseriver, 'that' can be omitted and 'as' can be used instead without changing the meaning.

    However, the sentence sounds incomplete to me. I want it to end with something like '...with the same water she used just now to bathe the cat.'

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    Re: the same water she used

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes, roseriver, 'that' can be omitted and 'as' can be used instead without changing the meaning.

    However, the sentence sounds incomplete to me. I want it to end with something like '...with the same water she used just now to bathe the cat.'

    The context is that she washed her hands in a basin, and then "she sat down and washed her feet with the same water as she used just now." It is an exercise of proof reading. The standard answer is that "as" should be replaced by "that", or the meaning will be different in that "she" washed her feet with another “water" which maybe looked the same as the previous. Does it make sense to you? We've learnt that "the same n. that...." is different from "the same n. as..." in meaning.

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    Re: the same water she used

    If 'she used just now' happened before 'she sat down and washed her feet', I think the past perfect 'she had just used' should be used.

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