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    He....he

    He told me that he did not go to church every week.

    He told me, he did not go to church every week.


    One, both, or neither?

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    Re: He....he

    Quote Originally Posted by boozl View Post
    He told me that he did not go to church every week.

    He told me he did not go to church every week.


    One, both, or neither?
    Both are fine, no comma in the second one.

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    Re: He....he

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Both are fine, no comma in the second one.
    Am I right in thinking that "THAT" should be used sparingly, and only used if an object/person needs to be identified?

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    Re: He....he

    I don't think you need to use it sparingly. To me, it reinforces you are using reported speech, and not a direct quote, but it's completely optional. Its use is a matter of style and writer preference.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: He....he

    There may be a tendency in spoken English to eliminate "that" whenever possible, but in written English it can make things clearer. As Barb_D says, it is very much a question of style.

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