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    The words written on the wall can be understood as "that the town was doomed."



    Is this correct but awkward expression? How do you improve it?

    Can we use "a that caluse" as an object of a verb?

    The decision resulted in that the nations trade freely each other.



    Thanks a lot.

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    "That the town was doomed" is a good English clause [sentence]. It cannot occur alone, because the conjunction "that" marks it as part of a clause that has higher syntactic status. It would probably occur as a sentence subject, as in "That the town was doomed was a regrettable reality," or as a direct object, as in "We saw that the town was doomed." When a clause like this is a direct object, that object is almost always the object of a verb of cognition or communication: <We know that you did it.> <She said that you did it.>
    Your last sentence, "The decision resulted in that....," is not acceptable English: An English preposition, like your "in," cannot have a THAT clause as its object.

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    Default Re: It is understood as he loves her

    So in the above case how can we write when I want to keep the clause because often changing a clause into a gerund form is improper and a clause form is necessary:

    1. The words written on the wall can be understood as that the town was doomed.


    2. The decision resulted in that the nations trade freely each other.

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