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    Exclamation Who was the oldest person who competed in the London Marathon of 2008?

    Hello all,
    Are each of these pair sentences equivalent to each other?

    1. Who was the oldest person to compete in the London Marathon of 2008?
    2. Who was the oldest person who competed in the London Marathon of 2008?


    3. The Golden Swan was the largest sailing-ship ever to be used in battle.
    4. The Golden Swan was the largest sailing-ship ever which/that be used in battle.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 06-Feb-2017 at 10:53. Reason: Numbering.

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    #2

    Re: Who was the oldest person who competed in the London Marathon of 2008?

    2 is equivalent to 1, but inferior to it.

    4 is ungrammatical.

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    #3

    Re: Who was the oldest person who competed in the London Marathon of 2008?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    2 is equivalent to 1, but inferior to it.

    4 is ungrammatical.
    Thanks.
    Cambridge Grammar: We can use a to-infinitive after a superlative adjective, with a meaning similar to a relative clause with who, which or that:
    Now, what is an appropriate substitute for the sentence #4?

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    #4

    Re: Who was the oldest person who competed in the London Marathon of 2008?

    'The Golden Swan was the largest sailing-ship that was ever used in battle.'

    (Much inferior to 3.)

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    Re: Who was the oldest person who competed in the London Marathon of 2008?

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    Are each of these pair sentences equivalent to each other?

    1. Who was the oldest person to compete in the London Marathon of 2008?
    2. Who was the oldest person who competed in the London Marathon of 2008?
    Yes-ish,but the first sounds far more natural to me.

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    #6

    Re: Who was the oldest person who competed in the London Marathon of 2008?

    I don't think many native speakers would use 1 or 2.

    Who was the oldest competitor/runner in the 2008 London Marathon?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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