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    #1

    they had had a great time

    This is a question which says the underlined they had had a great time is wrong as it lacks "that" just before it. Does a clause have to have "that" to be an object of a verb like "told" as in the first clause?

    6)On hearing the door open, I jumped out of my room. They were standing there, arm in arm, with big smiles. My plan worked perfectly. They told me that Angels's was a fantastic restaurant, and they had had a great time. My dad promised me that he would take me and my mom back to Angela's on my birthday next month.
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    Re: they had had a great time

    "They told me that Angela's was a fantastic restaurant, and they had had a great time." This is OK as it is.

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    #3

    Re: they had had a great time

    I agree with bhai. You could also omit the first "that".

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    #4

    Re: they had had a great time

    I also agree with you, but the question makes me think that 2 can have the nuance "they had had a great time" wasn't said by them but by the writer. What do you think?

    1. They told me that Angela's was a fantastic restaurant, and that they had had a great time
    2. They told me that Angela's was a fantastic restaurant, and they had had a great time

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