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Language Refresher 9:The Disappearing “That”

Meeting by team.labarnaCan you tell which sentence is correct?

Answer: Both

According to, “There is not really a rule about when to leave out the word that from a that-clause. It is a stylistic choice.”.  The site further stated that, “…there are three general characteristics that usually go along with leaving out the word that from a sentence.”.  These three general characteristics are:

  1. The verb in the main clause is “say” or “think”.
  2. Subject of that-clause is the same as the main clause.
  3. Subject of that-clause is a personal pronoun.

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