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That ship sailed a long time ago

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that /ðæt; (unstressed) ðət/ determiner (used before a singular noun)
  1. used preceding a noun that has been mentioned at some time or is understood: that idea of yours
  2. (as pronoun): don't eat that, that's what I mean
  3. used preceding a noun that denotes something more remote or removed: that dress is cheaper than this one, that building over there is for sale
  4. (as pronoun): that is John and this is his wife, give me that
    Compare this
  5. used to refer to something that is familiar: that old chap from across the street
  6. and that, and all thatinformal everything connected with the subject mentioned: he knows a lot about building and that
  7. at that ⇒ (completive-intensive) additionally, all things considered, or nevertheless: he's a pleasant fellow at that, I might decide to go at that
  8. like thatwith ease; effortlessly: he gave me the answer just like that
  9. of such a nature, character, etc: he paid for all our tickets — he's like that
  10. that isto be precise
  11. in other words
  12. for example
  13. that's thatthere is no more to be done, discussed, etc
conj (subordinating)
  1. used to introduce a noun clause: I believe that you'll come
  2. Also: so that, in order that used to introduce a clause of purpose: they fought that others might have peace
  3. used to introduce a clause of result: he laughed so hard that he cried
  4. used to introduce a clause after an understood sentence expressing desire, indignation, or amazement: oh, that I had never lived!
adv
  1. used with adjectives or adverbs to reinforce the specification of a precise degree already mentioned: go just that fast and you should be safe
  2. Also: all that (usually used with a negative) informal (intensifier): he wasn't that upset at the news
  3. dialect (intensifier): the cat was that weak after the fight
pron
  1. used to introduce a restrictive relative clause: the book that we want
  2. used to introduce a clause with the verb to be to emphasize the extent to which the preceding noun is applicable: genius that she is, she outwitted the computer
Etymology: Old English thæt; related to Old Frisian thet, Old Norse, Old Saxon that, Old High German daz, Greek to, Latin istud, Sanskrit tad
USAGE
Precise stylists maintain a distinction between that and which: that is used as a relative pronoun in restrictive clauses and which in nonrestrictive clauses. In the book that is on the table is mine, the clause that is on the table is used to distinguish one particular book (the one on the table) from another or others (which may be anywhere, but not on the table). In the book, which is on the table, is mine, the which clause is merely descriptive or incidental. The more formal the level of language, the more important it is to preserve the distinction between the two relative pronouns; but in informal or colloquial usage, the words are often used interchangeably





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