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    That I can try

    Dear all,

    Several years ago I happened to see the following scene in a TV commercial.

    Shop owner: You should save at least 20% of your wages.
    Employee :That's out of the question."
    Shop owner: Okay then, could you get by on 80% ofit?"
    Employee:"That I can try.

    If the employee says, "I can try that" insted of "That I can try", does it sound strange?

    Or is there any reasons that "That I can try" sounds better here than "I can try that"?

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    Re: That I can try

    Your variation is more standard word order. The order in the ad rearranges the normal order to emphasize that.

    Remember to put a quotation mark at both ends of each bit of quoted text.
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    Re: That I can try

    "That I can try" and "I can try that" would sound quite different when spoken aloud. There would be much more stress on "that" in the first and there would probably be a slight pause before "I can try".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: That I can try

    Note that the conversation is meant to be humorous. The employee doesn't seem to be aware that saving 20% is the same as using only 80%.

    By agreeing to only use 80%, the employee has just agreed to do what he or she previously said she couldn't do - save 20%!
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