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    1. It is strange that he didn't come... 2. It is not primarily a brand that we ...

    1. It is strange that he didn't come back.

    2. It is not primarily a brand that we are choosing.

    Which 'that' can be omitted between the two sentences?

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    Re: 1. It is strange that he didn't come... 2. It is not primarily a brand that we

    Depends on register. You can drop the that in 2, but in 1 you can only drop in speech - when intonation says 'Here comes a subordinate clause'.

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    Re: 1. It is strange that he didn't come... 2. It is not primarily a brand that we

    I consider "that" optional in both sentences. It is normally only mandatory when it is the subject of the relative clause. That said, it would be commonly used in #1.

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