Can a preposition be used before "that"?
The house in that I live is nice
or maybe: The house that I live in is nice
I think which is correct in these cases but why? Could someone explain me?
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The following choice is correct. "That I live in" serves as an adjectival phrase, restricting "house".
The house that I live in is nice.
The following choice is incorrect:
The house in that I live is nice.
"In that I live" is correct for expressing a different meaning. "In that I live" is an adverbial qualifier similar to "As long as I live" or "Inasmuch as I live". The following example is grammatically correct. Notice that "in that I lived" describes what makes the house "nice", not the "house" itself:
The house is nice, in that I lived through the earthquake. Some of my neighbors died when their apartment buildings collapsed.