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    I like that vs I like the fact that

    I hear a lot of students say "I like that + CL" - e.g. "I like that my colleagues are fun to be with."

    Is this structure correct? I always say it's better to say "I like the fact that + CL"

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    Re: I like that vs I like the fact that

    I consider 'like + that-clause' and 'want + that-clause' incorrect, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I like that vs I like the fact that

    Quote Originally Posted by englishteacher79 View Post
    I hear a lot of students say "I like that + CL" - e.g. "I like that my colleagues are fun to be with."
    Is this structure correct? I always say it's better to say "I like the fact that + CL"
    Yes, it's correct, but you can say "I like the fact that my colleagues ..." or "I like it that my colleagues ...", "I like how my colleagues ..." - all of which are more common than a bare "I like that ..." in my opinion.

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    Re: I like that vs I like the fact that

    In the U.S., "I like that" is perfectly acceptable conversational English but probably wouldn't be found in formal speech or writing.

    Rays alternatives are also good to know, and I would also call them informal conversational phrasing.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: I like that vs I like the fact that

    Personnaly, I hate "the fact that". It adds nothing.

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