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Hi, GBLSU,

@GBLSU posted:

Many decades later, McClintock said, “When you suddenly see the problem, something happens that you have the answer — before you are able to put it into words. It is all done subconsciously.  (source)


Can I see <that> as <where> or <when>?

I think that "that" means "and as a result," or "as a result of which." The closest one-word relative I can find is "whereby," meaning "by virtue of which."

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator
@GBLSU posted:

Many decades later, McClintock said, “When you suddenly see the problem, something happens that you have the answer — before you are able to put it into words. It is all done subconsciously.  (source)

I find the "that"-clause in that sentence to be ungrammatical, but I agree with Gustavo that the sentence would be good if "that" were to be replaced with "and as a result," "as a result of which," "by virtue of which," or "whereby." Also:

  • When you suddenly see the problem, something happens that causes you to have the answer—before you are able to put it into words.

Once in a great while, we find that type of "that"-clause in questions—e.g., "What has happened that you now have the answer?" However, in the standard English of today, that type of "that"-clause is not used in declarative clauses.

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator

I find the "that"-clause in that sentence to be ungrammatical, but I agree with Gustavo that the sentence would be good if "that" were to be replaced with "and as a result," "as a result of which," "by virtue of which," or "whereby." Also:

  • When you suddenly see the problem, something happens that causes you to have the answer—before you are able to put it into words.

Once in a great while, we find that type of "that"-clause in questions—e.g., "What has happened that you now have the answer?" However, in the standard English of today, that type of "that"-clause is not used in declarative clauses.

Thank you.

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