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    'Think" or "Think that"

    Hello!

    Can you explain me please, when we should use 'I think ..." construct and when we should use "I think that ..."? What the difference between them? How to decide which construct I should use?

    For example, I saw two different variants in different sources:

    1) I think you should sell your car.
    2) Do you think that they'll come?

    Moreover, I saw both these constructs with other verbs (for example, 'I suggest smth' and 'I suggest that ...').

    Could you explain me please, what the difference between them?

    Thanks!

    *I tryed to search the same threads on this forum, but didn't find them quickly.

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    Re: 'Think" or "Think that"

    Quote Originally Posted by George22 View Post
    Hello!

    Can you explain to me please, when we should use the/an 'I think ..." construction and when we should use "I think that ..."? What is the difference between them? How to can/should I decide which construction I should use?

    For example, I saw two different variants in different sources:

    1) I think you should sell your car.
    2) Do you think that they'll come?

    Moreover, I saw both these constructions with other verbs (for example, 'I suggest smth' and 'I suggest that ...').

    Could you explain to me please, what the difference is between them?

    Thanks!

    *I tryed tried to search the for same similar threads on this forum, but didn't I couldn't find them quickly.
    In many cases, "that" can be omitted.

    I think that you are very clever.
    I think you are very clever.

    I think that you should sell your car.
    I think you should sell your car.

    Do you think that they'll come?
    Do you think they'll come.

    Note my corrections to your post above, marked in red.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 'Think" or "Think that"

    Thank you very much for the answer, especially for the corrections to my post.

    I've got another one question: are there any special cases, when I need to use only the 'I think that...' construction?

    Thanks!

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    Re: 'Think" or "Think that"

    In the type of context you have been talking about so far, I can't think of any special cases.

    Of course, there are sentences in which "I think that ..." is necessary but the contexts are different.

    - I think that cat is really pretty.
    - I think that too.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 'Think" or "Think that"

    Quote Originally Posted by George22 View Post
    I've got another one question: are there any special cases, when I need to use only the 'I think that...' construction?
    I'd use it in a sentence such as.I think that that policy is misguided. I think (that) omission of the 'that' that I have underlined can lead to initial confusion.

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