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USAGE: that's (was: RE: CHAT: Re: the surprise that is at me...)

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Friday, March 3, 2000, 13:20
> I've just delurked a bit, so I'm not sure what this thread's about, but my > grandma has a usage that really irritates me: "that's" as in "The man that's > mother I went to school with," instead of "...whose mother I went to school > with." She seems to use it for both animate and inanimate nouns. I don't > remember ever hearing anyone else use that.
That is normal in Britain. Not universal, but widespread. Not acceptable in formal standard English, but nonetheless found in informal bourgeois lects. Actually, I once did an informant survey of these, and found a difference in the acceptability of the man that's mother I went to school with versus the man that's mother went to school with me but I can't recall which one was the more likely to be accetpable. --And.