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    #1

    "It is better in writing, but in oral English without 'that' is OK."

    "It is better in writing, but in oral English without 'that' is OK."
    Is the last half of the sentence grammatical?

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Jul-2013 at 14:45. Reason: Correcting 'writting'.

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    #2

    Re: "It is better in writing, but in oral English without 'that' is OK."

    I think so but more context would be useful.

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    Re: "It is better in writing, but in oral English without 'that' is OK."

    To me, even without context, it is lacking a subject in the second clause, so it's not grammatical.

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    Re: "It is better in writing, but in oral English without 'that' is OK."

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    To me, even without context, it is lacking a subject in the second clause, so it's not grammatical.
    I think the subject is "without that". It is not using "that" that is OK.

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    Re: "It is better in writing, but in oral English without 'that' is OK."

    I wonder why "without that'' could be subject,or just in oral English.

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    #6

    Re: "It is better in writing, but in oral English without 'that' is OK."

    Quote Originally Posted by Hiya Raymond View Post
    I wonder why "without that'' could be subject,or just in oral English.

    Thanks!
    In this case, even though it is prepositional phrase, I pulled it out as thing to comment on it. Then it became a noun.

    If you asked about a definite article, I could say "the" is correct in that use. In that use, "the" is a noun -- a thing.

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