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    #1

    Using "that"

    Hi,

    Can someone please tell me why I need to use "that" in the following sentence?

    I’m sending my homework that you asked me to.

    Also, do I always need "that" before a verb?

    Thank you!
    Last edited by Anne59; 15-Oct-2015 at 16:22.

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    #2

    Re: Using "that"

    The sentence is unnatural. Try: "I'm sending the homework you asked me to send" or "I'm sending my homework as you asked".
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    Re: Using "that"

    For the same reason you'd use 'que' in Spanish. Sometimes 'that' can be left out, but I'd suggest that until you can get the rest of the grammar and usage to advanced form, it's best to leave it in.

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    #4

    Re: Using "that"

    I'm not sure why you need to say "my homework". Would you be doing somebody else's homework?

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    #5

    Re: Using "that"

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne59 View Post
    Also, do I always need "that" before a verb?
    I think it is a relative clause instead of a verb in your sentence, and the relative pronouns 'that', 'which' and 'who' as the object of a defining relative clause can be omitted according to http://esl.fis.edu/grammar/rules/relative.htm
    I am not a teacher.

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