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    "That" versus "by that"

    A grammar book entitled 812 Tricky Questions in English Usuage says that the use of "by that" in the second example is wrong. I would like to know the reason why.

    "Many kids that age have personal computers."

    "Many kids by that age have personal computers."

    My appreciation.

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    #2

    Re: "That" versus "by that"

    Reduce relative clause
    "Many kids [who are] that age have personal computers."

    "Many kids [who are] by that age have personal computers."

    By that age, many kids have personal computers.

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    Re: "That" versus "by that"

    So, what's wrong with this one!

    At that age, many kids have personal computers.
    Or would be better,
    At this age, many kids have personal computers.

    Are they correct?

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    Re: "That" versus "by that"

    Quote Originally Posted by tareq10 View Post
    So, what's wrong with this one!

    At that age, many kids have personal computers.
    Or would be better,
    At this age, many kids have personal computers.

    Are they correct?
    Why would they be incorrect?

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    Re: "That" versus "by that"

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Why would they be incorrect?
    I've heared this many times.

    Thanks a lot!

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