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Experts' Topic of the Week, 6/26/17: WTF is THAT doing in my sentence?

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New post 26 Apr 2018, 07:18
thank you for this post.

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Can 'who' follow after, 'son of a gun'?

Also is it okay to use 'that' to refer to a person?
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Also is it okay to use 'that' to refer to a person?
It's not likely, at least on the GMAT exam. Outside the GMAT exam, opinion is divided. Some people think it's perfectly okay, whereas others don't think it's appropriate to use that to refer to a person. For what it's worth, I think it's fine.
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New post 04 Nov 2018, 02:00
Hi GMATNinja

I have a doubt with the use of that as a pronoun in comparisons.

Official question #758 OG 2018
I read on one of the blogs that when your making adverbial comparison you use it was, they were
but when your making a noun comparison you use that or those to create a copy.

Is this understanding right. If so and I were to apply it to below OG question.

1) Prices at the producer level are higher today than they were yesterday.
Here they refers to => Prices at the producer level ?
also is this comparison correct?

2) Prices at the producer level are higher today than yesterday.
this also I guess is right ?

3) But when we see the correct answer choice it uses
Prices at the producer level are higher now than those of a year ago.
a) Although right what naturally came to my mind was that it should be they were ?
b) if the sentence would have been prices of "production" are higher now than those of a year ago, then those would not make sense ? Is this understanding correct. In such cases it will be better to use they were?
c) That said if I use demonstrative pronouns (that) to make a copy of the noun for eg. American Prices in the above statement does it bring American as an adjective to the copy.
d) If I use they, does it bring the original noun + any modifier with it. I guess they means the exact same thing?
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New post 28 Nov 2018, 15:45
I think your third example in the Demonstrative Pronoun section (Many teenagers undergo stress...) is actually an example of a "that" working as a modifier rather than a demonstrative pronoun.
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New post 26 Dec 2018, 09:15
https://youtu.be/5mra28Dkh7M?t=2399

in this video by PrepScholar, it is asserted that "which" MUST refer to closest noun. By this rule, Q4 choice C is eliminated. So, has the "touch rule" exception only for "that", not for "which"...?
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faltan wrote:
https://youtu.be/5mra28Dkh7M?t=2399

in this video by PrepScholar, it is asserted that "which" MUST refer to closest noun. By this rule, Q4 choice C is eliminated. So, has the "touch rule" exception only for "that", not for "which"...?
I'm not sure what you mean by "the touch rule", but a which does not always refer to the closest noun. If it is unclear what which is referring to, you have to check whether any other option does a better job (without introducing more serious errors).
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GMATNinja - do you mind explaining what "that" does in the sentences below? Many thanks!

Responding to the public’s fascination with―and sometimes undue alarm over―possible threats from asteroids, astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will collide with Earth.

Researchers are using computer images to help surgeons plan difficult operations and to develop programs that will work for doctors and nurses in the same way that flight simulators do for pilots, letting medical personnel practice their techniques and test their reflexes before they ever see a patient. 

My understanding is that both "that"'s are functioned as Usage #3: subordinating clauses with “that", but just wanted to confirm with you. :)
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