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    Two "that" in a row

    Hello. Is it wrong to have two "that" in a row? I found myself writing this sentence below today.

    He writes great essays. Thinking that that comes as an innate ability is rather foolish, he spent most of his youth immersed in books.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Two "that" in a row

    I believe that that "that" that that member finds too much is correct, if not the neatest way to convey the meaning intended.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Two "that" in a row

    It's normal. If you need two 'that's to clearly express your meaning, then use them.

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    Re: Two "that" in a row

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    Hello. Is it wrong to have two "that" in a row? I found myself writing this sentence below today.

    He writes great essays. Thinking that that comes as an innate ability is rather foolish, he spent most of his youth immersed in books.

    Thank you!
    I agree that it can be OK, but in your sentence both occurrences of "that" are not needed.

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    Re: Two "that" in a row

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I agree that it can be OK, but in your sentence both occurrences of "that" are not needed.
    No, but "Thinking that comes as an innate ability is rather foolish" can easily be misread. I wouldn't write that sentence, but if I did, I'd put two thats there.

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