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Autor:  Márcio Farias
E-mail:  marcio_osorio@oi.com.br
Data:  09/AGO/2007 10:46 PM
Assunto:  With or without "that"
 
Mensagem:  I googled around and found a couple of websites discussing when to omit and when not to omit that. The "Learning English" section of BBC says that after verbs like learned, discovered, found (out), knew, felt, thought, people quite naturally omit that, especially in informal speech:

Phool Anno discovered Sea Cranno had spent all the money by the end of the day.
Bell Tranno, the elder of the two brothers above, thought the other car would turn right. It turned left instead and crashed right on him.

BBC goes on to say that after the more common reporting verbs, (e.g. say, tell) you can naturally omit that in informal speech:

That that-dropper told us he had no need for that-clauses.
That that-keeper said he needed a glass of cachaça.

After the verbs (e.g. replied, shouted) BBC says we should not omit that:

Dr. Omitt Thatty informed his patients that the surgery room had closed.
To Dr. Omitt Thatty's notice his irate patients all but one replied that he should leave the hospital at once. All but one because one of them had died the day before. They crowded the hallway and shouted at him that they would make him swallow the entire hospital with all the doctors and nurses in.

Slow night back home here. But don't let these sentence examples get you down. You'll google and find out for yourself that some of these that-clauses take a that and some don't.

On with the game.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
With or without "that"  –  André SR  07/AGO/2007, 5:03 PM
With or without   –  luis augusto  07/AGO/2007, 5:54 PM
With or without "that"  –  Márcio Farias  07/AGO/2007, 9:29 PM
With or without "that"  –  André SR  08/AGO/2007, 1:58 PM
 With or without "that"  –  Márcio Farias  09/AGO/2007, 10:46 PM

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