Choose only such friends that you can trust.

Is using that in above sentence incorrect? A friend suggested to use as in place of that but I think that is horribly wrong, although replacing as with whom seems feasible but I think even that is fine.

  • Just because as could be used as a replacement doesn’t mean that is wrong. (One can sound better and both still be correct.) – J.R. Sep 22 '17 at 9:06

I think both are wrong actually (although your meaning would be understood, I'm just being picky). I think I would actually say "as". A formulation with "whom" might be "Choose only those friends whom you can trust". For me, the use of "such" implies "as" because it qualifies who is included in the "such"

As phrases go, its possibly straying into being an archaic format but that's just the way it sounds to me. It feels like something that would be said in an 18th century novel

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    I agree such use of such is definitely somewhere out there on the dated - archaic - obsolete scale. And noting Shakespeare's we are such stuff / as dreams are made on I'd have to say it goes back a lot further than 18th century novels. – FumbleFingers Sep 22 '17 at 12:58
  • I was thinking Treasure Island or somesuch but I bow to your knowledge :) and thank you to whoever up-voted me. – bigbadmouse Sep 22 '17 at 13:04

Both of yours are correct plus the third one that I've added:

Choose only such friends that you can trust.

Choose only such friends whom you can trust.

Choose only such friends you can trust.

I think the "as" one might work, but I personally don't like it. It doesn't sound correct to my ear, but that doesn't mean it isn't correct. I surely wouldn't say anything if someone said that to me.

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