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    When to use the word 'that' in a statement

    The following statement don't use the word 'that':
    (This statement is published in the paper)

    The delivery of several hundred babies in June, July, and August from last year indicates more couples were busy in their bedroom as ...

    Why is the word 'that not use in the statement above?
    For example, the delivery of several hundred babies in June, July, and August from last year indicates that more couples were busy in their bedroom as ...


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    Re: When to use the word 'that' in a statement

    Good question. In my language, if there is no "that" (equivalent in Czech of course :D), there is at least a comma ",".

    Here I see one big lack of English. However, in English there are no crappy "ěůšťčřčřž" and other non-standard diacritical marks. It's really a big advantage mostly in this modern computer world.

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    Exclamation Re: When to use the word 'that' in a statement

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter tan View Post
    The following statement don't use the word 'that':
    (This statement is published in the paper)

    The delivery of several hundred babies in June, July, and August from last year indicates more couples were busy in their bedroom as ...

    Why is the word 'that not use in the statement above?
    For example, the delivery of several hundred babies in June, July, and August from last year indicates that more couples were busy in their bedroom as ...
    It actually reads as: The delivery of several hundred babies in June, July, and August from last year indicates (that) more couples were busy in their bedroom as. Here "That' as a conjunction is omitted, and it is usually the case when the clause introduced is the object of the verb in the main clause (here the verb in the main clause is indicatesand the underlined clause is its object).
    As a general rule, if no ambiguity results from its omission, if the sentence is more efficient or elegant without it, then we can safely omit the that.

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