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should i put "that" here ?

 
 
Chen Ta
 
Reply Fri 19 Jun, 2015 08:48 pm
Hi all ,

Below is the sentence which i read from a book - It is not the staff members, but the president that is responsible.

My question is ... Does this "that" is a necessity from grammatical point of view ?

Thanks for reading my question.

Best regards
Chen
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 19 Jun, 2015 11:34 pm
@Chen Ta,
Is this "that" a necessity from a grammatical point of view?

Yes, it describes "the president."

It is the president that is responsible.

Without "that" it would read, "it is the president is responsible."

One can also use "who."

It is the president who is responsible.
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McTag
 
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Reply Sat 20 Jun, 2015 07:50 am
@Chen Ta,

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Below is the sentence which i read from a book - It is not the staff members, but the president that is responsible.


Not a very good book. I suggest that word should be "who".

Yes, it is necessary for the sentence.
camlok
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2018 07:58 pm
@McTag,
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Not a very good book. I suggest that word should be "who".


Another of those tired, old, silly prescriptions. Both who and that are used as relative pronouns for people. This was the case in older forms of English and also in modern English.
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