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Definition of “That”

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that
/ðæt/

pronoun

  1. (demonstrative) that thing • that was an interesting example
  2. (relative) which • I like the song that you wrote
  3. that thing • that was an interesting example
  4. (relative) which • I like the song that you wrote

conjunction

  1. connecting clauses involving reported speech • he told me that the book is a good read
  2. connecting clauses involving reported speech etc • he told me that the book is a good read

determiner

  1. the (thing) being indicated (at a distance from the speaker, or previously mentioned, or at another time) • that book is a good read
  2. the (thing) being indicated (at a distance from the speaker, or previously mentioned, or at another time) • that book is a good read

ORIGIN: Old English ¡á¥ìt, neuter sing. of the demonstrative pronoun and adj. corresponding to se (masc.), seo (fem.). See the. Emerged as a demonstrative adj. in Middle English with the breakdown of the Old English grammatical gender system, perhaps by infl. of French and Latin, which had demonstrative adjectives (Old English did not). Slang that way “in love” first recorded 1

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