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The fact that we were gonna be working with women that we grew up watching their body of work is just... incredible. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fNHjc7hVIA [0:22])

The second 'that' sounds weird to me. Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, how should it be changed?

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    You have a "gonna" in there and you are worried about the grammaticality of "that"? Mar 23, 2017 at 23:08
  • I detect a hint of sarcasm. Mar 23, 2017 at 23:19
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    no sarcasm. you made me thinking a lot. really helped
    – user226752
    Mar 23, 2017 at 23:26
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    The issue is the "resumptive pronoun" their in the relative clause. It refers to the same thing as "women." This is not grammatical in English: you can't have a pronoun in a relative clause that refers to the noun phrase that is being modified by the relative clause. (For example, we say "the women I saw," not "The women I saw them"--the second would be ungrammatical.)
    – sumelic
    Mar 24, 2017 at 1:28
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    One solution is to use the possessive relative pronoun whose and pied piping: "The fact that we were gonna be working with women whose body of work we grew up watching is just... incredible." This is grammatical, I think, but it doesn't sound great to me.
    – sumelic
    Mar 24, 2017 at 1:28

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The youtube link was extremely helpful. When people are being interviewed, they don't have a chance to plan out their sentences very well, and grammar problems can arise. It can happen to (almost) anyone. If you punctuate her sentence like this, it's easier to understand:

The fact that we were gonna be working with women that -- we grew up watching their body of work -- is just incredible.

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  • yes, that makes some more sense now, nice suggestion, it also needs a 'with' after 'grew up' I would say. "The fact that we were gonna be working with women that -- we grew up with, watching their body of work -- is just incredible."
    – Gary
    Mar 26, 2017 at 19:34
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    @Gary - Sorry if I wasn't clear. I was trying to explain that the person who was interviewed didn't plan out her sentence well. My impression was that this individual is a successful Hollywood actor -- probably not chosen for her ability to do good grammatical planning when being interviewed. Mar 26, 2017 at 20:13

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