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Can "THAT" be used as a pronoun to refer to plural subjects ?

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Can "THAT" be used as a pronoun to refer to plural subjects ?


Hi HolaMario,

When THAT is used as a pronoun, it is always considered SINGULAR. So for the plural subjects, use THOSE instead.

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Hi HolaMario, of course that can be used to refer to plural nouns. Here is the thing.

i) When that is used as a relative pronoun, that can refer to both singular and plural nouns. For example, both the following are correct:

Peter bought a pencil that is sharp.
- that refers to singular pencil.

Peter bought pencils that are sharp.
- that refers to plural pencils.

ii) When that is used as a demonstrative pronoun, that can only refer singular nouns. For example:

Following is correct:

Peter's car is more expensive than that of Jack.
- 'that refers to singular car

However, following is incorrect:

Peter's pencils are sharper than that of Jack.
- 'that is intended to refer to plural pencils, but this is not allowed.

We can fix this sentence as:

Peter's pencils are sharper than those of Jack.

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