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English definition of “that”


determiner uk   /ðæt/ (plural those) us  
A1 used to refer to a person, object, idea, etc. that is separated from the speaker by space or time: I've never liked that cousin of hers. Who's that? Is that the girl you told me about? How much are those shoes?formal His handwriting is like that (= the writing) of a much younger child. A1 used to refer to something that has been mentioned or was involved earlier, or to something that is already known about: Where's that pen (= the one I was using earlier) gone? She lives in that house by the bus station (= you know which one I mean).


conjunction uk   strong /ðæt/ weak /ðət/ us  
A2 used to introduce a clause that reports something or gives further information, although it can often be left out: She said (that) she'd collect it for me after work. Is it true (that) she's gone back to teaching? We'll be there at about 7.30, provided/providing (that) there's a suitable train. It was so dark (that) I couldn't see anything.


pronoun uk   strong /ðæt/ weak /ðət/ (plural those) us  

that pronoun (USED TO REFER)

B1 used as the subject or object of a verb to show which person or thing you are referring to, or to add information about a person or thing just mentioned. It is used for both people and things. It can often be left out: I can't find the books (that) I got from the library. Is this the train that stops at Cambridge? Have you been to the restaurant that's just opened in town?

that pronoun (SOMETHING NOT HERE)

A2 used to make a connection with an earlier statement: My usual train was cancelled. That's why I'm so late. Lucy has just ruined her new dress. That's children for you (= such behaviour is typical of children). B2 used to express a reaction to something: I didn't know she'd been so ill. That's terrible. Turn the engine on, then put the car in gear. That's right (= you are doing it correctly). Smile for the camera. That's more like it (= that smile is better than before).


(Definition of that from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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