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    When and when not to use the word "that"?

    I've noticed that I use the world "that" a lot in my writing (lol). Can someone explain to me when it is appropriate and when it is not?
    Here are some examples. . .

    "But as the months passed with little progress, Stitt and Carlson paid Howland a visit where it became apparent to them that nothing was being done."

    "According to Bovasso's write up, Shilling told him that Loretta only gave Carmean general information, but that she was comfortable enough that she would be willing to talk with him again

    "Carmean told him previously that they were conducting a "super-sensitive" investigation"

    "Carmean told Carlson that Police Chief Robert Wadman had come to their. . . "

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    #2

    Re: When and when not to use the word "that"?

    When in doubt, or to avoid possible misunderstanding, leave that in.

    All your examples are correct. Only consider omitting that when you are convinced it sounds natural.

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    Re: When and when not to use the word "that"?

    Rover has given you good advice but for your information, "that" could have been omitted in all but your first example. Generally, you can leave it out after "told/said" etc.

    I told him that I was on my way.
    I told him I was on my way.

    She said that she used to be a teacher.
    She said she used to be a teacher.

    I advised her that I wanted a pay rise.
    I advised her I wanted a pay rise.

    I warned him that his homework was due in three hours.
    I warned him his homework was due in three hours.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: When and when not to use the word "that"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Rover has given you good advice but for your information, "that" could have been omitted in all but your first example. Generally, you can leave it out after "told/said" etc.

    I told him that I was on my way.
    I told him I was on my way.

    She said that she used to be a teacher.
    She said she used to be a teacher.

    I advised her that I wanted a pay rise.
    I advised her I wanted a pay rise.

    I warned him that his homework was due in three hours.
    I warned him his homework was due in three hours.
    For the last example would I need a comma after Carlson?

    I've read that it's better for your writing if you omit "that" when it's unnecessary, is that true?

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    Re: When and when not to use the word "that"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Illmattic View Post
    For the last example would I need a comma after Carlson?
    I would not add a comma there, but I am not a teacher.
    I suspect that it is a comma splice below.
    Quote Originally Posted by Illmattic View Post
    I've read that it's better for your writing if you omit "that" when it's unnecessary, is that true?

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    Re: When and when not to use the word "that"?

    You definitely don't need a comma after "Carlson".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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