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In the following sentence, what is the type of clause that begins "that..."?
Bob assured Sally that requirements will be met.
I think the basic sentence is "Bob assured Sally," and "Sally" is the DO of "assured." But I can't figure out what the clause really modifies.
This is in contrast to ...
Bob ensured that requirements were met.
Here, I think, "that requirements were met" is a clause acting as the DO of "ensured."
I'm using these explanations on my software quality assurance team to help us use "assure" and "ensure" correctly.
Last edited by jdb92126; 17-Apr-2011 at 21:39.
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