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    Using "that"

    What is the criteria for deciding when to use or not use the word "that" in a sentence? For example, which is correct:
    I hope you are well today.
    I hope that you are well today.

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    Re: Using "that"

    Which sentence below is correct and how do I test the decision to use "that" or not use the word "that"?
    I hope you are well today.
    I hope that you are well today.

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    Re: Using "that"

    Quote Originally Posted by gjo123
    What is the criteria for deciding when to use or not use the word "that" in a sentence? For example, which is correct:
    I hope you are well today.
    I hope that you are well today.
    Both are correct. In everyday speech (British English at least) we often leave out that when it used as a conjunction - as in your examples. In reporting what other people said it must be used after some verbs (reply, shout). He said (that) he would come/He replied that he would come". Any good grammar refernce will tell you which verbs need that.

    It is also usually used after a noun - "my view is that we should all learn languages."

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    Question Re: Using "that"

    Thanks, Davy BCN, for your helpful reply. There is one point on which I need clarification, however: When you said "that" is usually used after a noun, did you mean linking verb instead? It is difficult to locate what I am looking for in my grammar books.

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    Re: Using "that"

    Quote Originally Posted by gjo123
    Thanks, Davy BCN, for your helpful reply. There is one point on which I need clarification, however: When you said "that" is usually used after a noun, did you mean linking verb instead? It is difficult to locate what I am looking for in my grammar books.
    Sorrry Dean, I typed the example incorrectly. Should have been "it is my view that we should all learn a language". You can omit "that" in this example but people normally do not.

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