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    #1

    The greatest damage being done to our planet today is that being done by humans.

    hi everyone,
    Don't you think that the "that" have to be left out from the following sentence?

    The greatest damage being done to our planet today is that being done by humans.

    thanks.
    Last edited by teechar; 20-Apr-2017 at 23:28. Reason: typo

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    Re: The greatest damage being done to our planet today is that being done by humans.

    No, it doesn't have to be left out. It can be, though that version has a slightly different meaning,

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    Re: The greatest damage being done to our planet today is that being done by humans.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No, it doesn't have to be left out. It can be, though that version has a slightly different meaning,
    I think of 'that' as a introduction of a clause. Maybe 'that' here will refer to 'damage'.
    Is it true?

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    #4

    Re: The greatest damage being done to our planet today is that being done by humans.

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    I think of 'that' as an introduction of a clause. Maybe 'that' here will refers to 'damage'.
    Is it that true?
    "That" replaces "the damage" in your sentence. In my corrected version of your question above, it replaces "Maybe 'that' refers to 'damage'".
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