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    #1

    be sure to / be sure that

    Hi, teachers.

    I was not sure to turn off the heater and faucets before I left home.
    I was not sure that I turned off the heater and faucets before I left home.

    Do those two sentences mean the same?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: be sure to / be sure that

    Only the second works for me.

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    #3

    Re: be sure to / be sure that

    In BrE, a backshift would be necessary.

    I was not sure [that] I had turned off the heater and taps before I left home.
    I am not sure [that] I turned off the heater ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: be sure to / be sure that

    For me, the adverb "before" eliminates the need for the past perfect.

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