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    Usage of "that"

    I have a sentence

    "when there are two roots that are the same we say that there is only one root. ",
    where "that" is used as a plural noun. I wonder if it is correct?
    I think that one should use "those" instead of "that" in the sentence above.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Usage of "that"

    Your sentence has a relative clause. "That" refers to "two roots".

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    Re: Usage of "that"


    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    I have a sentence

    "when there are two roots that are the same we say that there is only one root. ",
    where "that" is used as a plural noun. I wonder if it is correct?
    I think that one should use "those" instead of "that" in the sentence above.

    Thanks for your help.
    The previous answer was right, but perhaps didn't make it clear enough that your analysis was wrong.

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    Re: Usage of "that"

    Afterthought. You could use "those", but the clause in the paraphrase would be co-ordinate rather than subordinate:

    "when there are two roots, ^and^ those are the same, we say that there is only one root."

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