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  1. Junior Member
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    Smile after that

    The books says the following sentence is correct:

    "This I did at nine o'clock, after which I sat reading the paper."

    Why can't I say?

    "This I did at nine o'clock, after that I sat reading the paper."

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    Re: after that

    Quote Originally Posted by *^^* View Post
    The books says the following sentence is correct:

    "This I did at nine o'clock, after which I sat reading the paper."

    Why can't I say?

    "This I did at nine o'clock, after that I sat reading the paper."
    You can, and some teachers would prefer it.- though it would need to be punctuated to avoid the comma-splice; or just add 'and' after the comma.

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