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A little question about "that"
« on: June 26, 2009, 02:20:04 AM »
Yes. About the word "that". I need help.

Here is what I am trying to say in a letter to a friend:

I am sorry that I have not yet given you your CD.



My concern is: is "that" necessary in this sentence? Or can I simply say "I am sorry I have not yet..."
I actually always had a problem with "that", at least in a sentence like this where it sounds fine without, but I worry if I am breaking a grammar rule by not inserting "that". :P

Also, does this sentence sound correct? I feel that the last part of my sentence sounds slightly awkward (i.e. given you your...blah?) :-[

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Re: A little question about "that"
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2009, 03:04:02 AM »
I am sorry I have not yet returned your CD

This 'un sounds correct, but as for the grammar thing....remember....even William Shakespeare made tons of grammatical mistakes,and even spelt his name in as many as twelve different ways. English is a wonderful language, my friend ;D So play with words and dont bother tooooooooooooo much. :D
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Re: A little question about "that"
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2009, 08:20:49 PM »
Both examples for that sentence work well. In my opinion the main thing to remember here is when using the word "that" you may find yourself over using it at times. May want to watch out for "that"  ;D

Also, if you're writing a story which involves lots of action the best thing to do is shorten down your sentences in which case you may want to avoid un- necessary words of which some could be "that"

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Re: A little question about "that"
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2009, 09:31:00 PM »
Thank you, thank you.  :) :) :)
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Re: A little question about "that"
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2009, 08:07:21 AM »
I had an English teacher who always circled the words 'that' or 'which' in our papers; she said 9 out of 10 times they were unnecessary words and could just be stricken, or we should re-write so they wouldn't be necessary.  Not sure what the 'formal' rules on their usage are but what she did always stuck with me  :D.

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Re: A little question about "that"
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2009, 10:30:08 AM »
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I had an English teacher who always circled the words 'that' or 'which' in our papers; she said 9 out of 10 times they were unnecessary words and could just be stricken, or we should re-write so they wouldn't be necessary.

That ain't right.   ;D
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Re: A little question about "that"
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2009, 11:01:14 AM »
Which ain't right?  That it's been stuck in my brain all this time, or her assertion?  ;D

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Re: A little question about "that"
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2009, 02:08:49 PM »
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Which ain't right?  That it's been stuck in my brain all this time, or her assertion?   ;D

That you've spent your life traumatized by one teacher's admonition. Sad. :D  Still, if it worked...
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