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    It was you (that) told me to say so : omission of 'that' in this sentence.

    "It was you that told me to say so"


    The issue of omission of that in this sentence varies depending on grammar books.

    I wonder what you teachers think.



    Personally I don't think it can be omitted.

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    Re: It was you (that) told me to say so : omission of 'that' in this sentence.

    Which grammar books say it can be omitted? I wouldn't. It's something you might hear, but I would not write the sentence without it.

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    Re: It was you (that) told me to say so : omission of 'that' in this sentence.

    "It was you who told me to say that" is also possible. Whether you use "who" or "that", I can't see a way of omitting it.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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