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Usage of 'that' or 'those'

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New post 20 Aug 2019, 19:59
Hey friends,
I got beautifully stuck in, seemingly, very basic topic.
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Which one of the usage is correct ?

1. "Odd numbers are integers that are not divisible by 2."
2. "Odd numbers are integers those are not divisible by 2."

In my opinion it should be the second one correct. But I read the first one in Manhattan book in their definition for Odd numbers. Please suggest.
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I think here that is used as a relative pronoun. In relative pronoun that will be used for both singular and plural.

But if that is used as demonstrative prnoun it can be used for plural.

That odd number which comes before 100 is 99.

Those odd numbers which are unique are 5,7 and 9.

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New post 22 Aug 2019, 14:59
marineprateek wrote:
Hey friends,
I got beautifully stuck in, seemingly, very basic topic.
Please Suggest.

Which one of the usage is correct ?

1. "Odd numbers are integers that are not divisible by 2."


This is correct.

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2. "Odd numbers are integers those are not divisible by 2."


This is not correct.

In the correct (first) sentence, "that are not divisible by 2" is a modifier. Modifiers often start with the word "that" - for instance, 'I ate a watermelon that had no seeds.'

When a modifier starts with 'that', it typically describes the closest noun before the modifier. In the correct sentence, that noun is 'integers'. This makes sense, because 'not divisible by 2' is a description of the type of integers you're looking for.

In the incorrect (second) sentence, you have a run-on sentence. 'Odd numbers are integers' is a complete sentence, and 'Those are not divisible by 2' is a complete sentence (they each have a subject and a verb.) You can't join two complete sentences together without having some kind of additional word to connect them.
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