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    Is this sentence correct

    Dear Teachers:

    I read a sentence from BBC News as following:
    Washington is thought to have renewed calls for Pakistan to take action in those areas as it seeks to build on the momentum <Here> it believes has been created following the killing of Bin Laden, our correspondent says.

    I've learned that in attributive clause, "that" can not be omitted when it serves as subject in the clause.

    So,does this sentence miss a "that" in the marked position?

    All the best,
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    Re: Is this sentence correct

    Quote Originally Posted by nightson View Post
    Dear Teachers:

    I read a sentence from BBC News as following:
    Washington is thought to have renewed calls for Pakistan to take action in those areas as it seeks to build on the momentum <Here> it believes has been created following the killing of Bin Laden, our correspondent says.

    I've learned that in attributive clause, "that" can not be omitted when it serves as subject in the clause.

    So,does this sentence miss a "that" in the marked position?

    All the best,
    NightsoN.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Nightson:


    (1) Congratulations on your excellent knowledge of grammar.

    (2) It does seem that the BBC writer was distracted by those

    words "it believes."

    (3) If we deleted those words, then -- as you said -- we would

    have "...on the momentum that has been created since ...."

    (4) Of course, since a BBC writer wrote that, we cannot say

    that it is "wrong." Maybe it is a great lesson for all learners and

    us native speakers, too: sometimes the rules can be broken if there

    is no real confusion. I have the feeling that most native speakers

    would definitely have not noticed the missing relative pronoun.


    Sincerely yours,


    James


    P.S. It is not important, but you may wish to remember that here

    in the United States, "cannot" is almost always spelled as one word.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct

    Thanks for your detailed explanation and tip on "cannot"!

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    Re: Is this sentence correct

    Quote Originally Posted by nightson View Post
    Washington is thought to have renewed calls for Pakistan to take action in those areas as it seeks to build on the momentum <Here> it believes has been created following the killing of Bin Laden, our correspondent says.
    In sentences such as this, many people seem to think that the relative pronoun is the object of the verb that happens to follow it. You will even see such sentences as:

    *He is the man (whom) I think stole my case.

    Both are, to the purist, grammatically incorrect, but we come across so many examples with the omitted pronoun that it seems that many native speakers consider this to be acceptable.

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