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    Subject + that + Verb

    I have been doing research about this kind of structure but has gained nothing.

    Firstly, I checked The Use of that.

    Secondly, I came back to my examples that lead me to this issue.

    The first shrimp that counts.
    The man that speaks.
    The things that hate us.
    I cannot find anything related to such structure. I am wondering which key words should I use?

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    Re: Subject + that + Verb

    Your question is not clear.

    People can hate you, how can things hate you?

    The last sentence should be written: I was wondering which keywords I should use.

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    Re: Subject + that + Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Hồ Quang Trung View Post
    I cannot find anything related to such structure.
    'The man that speaks Chinese is my friend.'
    Is it something related?

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    Re: Subject + that + Verb

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    Hello,

    As Matthew Wai implied in his post, are you possibly referring to adjective/relative clauses?

    1. The person that/who speaks English may do better in today's global economy.

    2. The things that hurt us can often make us stronger.

    3. The first shrimp that she ate was delicious, but the others were tasteless.
    Last edited by TheParser; 20-Oct-2014 at 12:09. Reason: spacing

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    Re: Subject + that + Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    People can hate you, how can things hate you?
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...thing#thing__4 Definition#10
    According to it, 'things' can refer to people or animals, so I think the following is possible.
    'The poor things that hate us are the workers exploited by us.'

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    Re: Subject + that + Verb

    You normally refer to things as inanimate objects, not people.
    'Poor thing' is more of a colloquial expression.

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    Re: Subject + that + Verb

    I asked this question because some friends of mine only used "The man who speaks" (just an example) and they didn't add any more words.

    I always see the same examples in names of books/ programs or in a slogan like: The Things That.

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    Re: Subject + that + Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Hello,

    As Matthew Wai implied in his post, are you possibly referring to adjective/relative clauses?

    1. The person that/who speaks English may do better in today's global economy.

    2. The things that hurt us can often make us stronger.

    3. The first shrimp that she ate was delicious, but the others were tasteless.
    I thought my mentioned-phrases were incomplete but they were still in use.

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    Re: Subject + that + Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Your question is not clear.

    People can hate you, how can things hate you?

    The last sentence should be written: I was wondering which keywords I should use.

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    I simply intended to use some words I met on Google, without knowing the exact meanings.

    And, why I shouldn't have written am while I still have no idea about something at the moment. Does a perfect tense work as well in such case like, I have been wondering about this question?

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    Re: Subject + that + Verb

    You can use any of the three tenses but there is a subtle difference when you use the past tense. It is deemed more polite.

    http://english.stackexchange.com/que...o-come-for-din

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