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    Question ... and leave behind all (that) you represent.

    Hello everybody, I'm looking for some help here since I'm writing a song in English (my native language is Spanish), but I think there is sentence that doesn't quite fit, I mean it fit in tempo with the song but I'm not completely sure it means what I want it to mean.


    So, if anybody can help me I would be really grateful.
    The sentence is:

    That's why I will pack my stuff and leave behind all you represent.

    Now, I know it would be more understandable like this: ...and leave behind all THAT you represent, but the word 'that' doesn't fit with the tempo, so, just like that, it is understandable or not?

    Thanks in advance.
    Jesus.

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    Re: Sentence in a song that I'm writing which I'm not sure about.

    Welcome to the forum, craftercool.

    Yes, it's fine, normal and natural to leave out 'that' in that context.

    It's called a reduced relative clause.

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 06-Jul-2016 at 07:57.

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    Re: ... and leave behind all (that) you represent.

    Excellent!
    Thank you very much.

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    Re: ... and leave behind all (that) you represent.

    You're welcome, but there is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves everybody's time.

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