Originally Posted by learning54
NOT A TEACHER
(1) The teacher has given you and me an excellent answer.
(2) Do you have access (in print or online) to Mr. L. G. Alexander's popular Longman English Grammar?
(3) In the back are the appendices. One of them gives detailed information about many reporting verbs.
(a) It tells you which ones are usually followed by "that."
(b) It tells you which ones can take a personal object: He warned (me) that I'd better go.
(c) It tells you which ones may be followed by question clauses: He asked when I would be ready.
(d) It tells you which ones can be followed by if or whether: He asked if/whether Jim had arrived.
(e) It tells you which ones let you use inversion in DIRECT speech: "I'm ready," John said/said John.
(4) Here are a few of the verbs with which that is usually not omitted:
Thank you very much for your reply. That's what I was looking for. I've already read that par of Mr. L. G. Alexander's popular Longman English Grammar. I'm very grateful for your help.