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    Exclamation but I knew before I went that I didn't really want to have a serious relationship wit

    Hello all,
    Can we use "know that" in the following way?
    Is it kind of a grammar rule to put an independent clause between "verb + that", such as think that, see that. ? I can't figure it out.

    "It was a really terrible vacation.It was m y fault. I mean I wanted to go to Thailand, but I knew before I went that I didn't really want to have a serious relationship with Joe. And the vacation just showed me how different we are."
    So interested in learning English.

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    Re: but I knew before I went that I didn't really want to have a serious relationship

    There is no obligation to put subordinating 'that' immediately after the verb.

    I knew that he was tired.
    I knew immediately that he was tired.
    I knew as soon as I saw him that he was tired.
    I knew from the way he kept jerking his head back as if he wanted to shake himself awake that he was tired.

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    Re: but I knew before I went that I didn't really want to have a serious relationship

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    There is no obligation to put subordinating 'that' immediately after the verb.
    Wow! Such an amazing tip. I didn't know about it.
    Is it true about all of these kinds of verbs?
    So I can say:
    but before I went ,I knew that I didn't really want to have a serious relationship with Joe.
    So interested in learning English.

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    Re: but I knew before I went that I didn't really want to have a serious relationship

    Before I went, I knew that I didn't really want to have a serious relationship with Joe.


    That's fine now.

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    Re: but I knew before I went that I didn't really want to have a serious relationship

    Can I ask in the following sentences, both of the pronoun "it" is dummy-it?
    It was a really terrible vacation.It was m y fault.
    So interested in learning English.

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