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    ,but that

    Hi,

    Background:
    Someone suggests the sentence below is correct.

    Question:
    1) Is there any difference if I remove the word "that"?
    2) Why does he write a "comma" (which is not needed).

    Sentence:
    I knew that some members were clever, but that they had too much work.

    Thanks

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    Re: ,but that

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Background:
    Someone suggests the sentence below is correct.

    Question:
    1) Is there any difference if I remove the word "that"?
    2) Why does he write a "comma" (which is not needed).

    Sentence:
    I knew that some members were clever, but that they had too much work.

    Thanks
    Yes, there is a difference. That is required here so make a parallel construction. The important thing is that I knew that they had too much work. That is what you are emphasizing.

    A comma before but is in this case optional. It helps with the rhythm of the sentence to provide a slight pause.

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