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    The boy who/that was wearing the blue coat

    The boy who/that was wearing the blue coat was the one who broke the window.

    Hi, the above is a sentence from a grammar book here. Do both who and that fit in the context and sound equally right? Thanks,

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    Re: The boy who/that was wearing the blue coat

    What does the grammar book say is right?

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    Re: The boy who/that was wearing the blue coat

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    What does the grammar book say is right?
    They are both right, the grammar book says, but I think only who is right.

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    Re: The boy who/that was wearing the blue coat

    The grammar book is right. Both 'who' and 'that' are fine in BrE.

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    Re: The boy who/that was wearing the blue coat

    They are both OK. Does the book tell you that 'who/that was' can be omitted?

    'The boy wearing the blue coat was the one who broke the window.'

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    Re: The boy who/that was wearing the blue coat

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    They are both OK. Does the book tell you that 'who/that was' can be omitted?

    'The boy wearing the blue coat was the one who broke the window.'
    Sure. Btw, in formal written English, is "that" still proper in this case?

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    Re: The boy who/that was wearing the blue coat

    'That' is correct because the relative clause is restrictive.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The boy who/that was wearing the blue coat

    'Who' is also correct.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 08-Sep-2016 at 12:46.

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    Re: The boy who/that was wearing the blue coat

    The boy who/that was wearing the blue coat ...

    Either is grammatically correct, though with personal antecedents some people prefer to use "who" when the relative pronoun is subject, as it is here, and "that" elsewhere.

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    Re: The boy who/that was wearing the blue coat

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The grammar book is right. Both 'who' and 'that' are fine in BrE.
    This is correct, but potentially misleading. They are both fine in all varieties of standard English.

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