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    #1

    that and because

    Dear teachers,
    Please read the sentence:

    The biggest problem theyhad at the beginning was ________they didn't have the technical know-how.

    a. that b. because
    The key is 'a'. I think 'b' is also correct. 'a' is a predicative clause while 'b' is a clause of reason. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    #2

    Re: that and because

    A) is the obvious choice, but I think b) could work.

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    #3

    Re: that and because


    Dear Tdol,
    Thank you very much for your reply. Now I see.
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    A) is the obvious choice, but I think b) could work.

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    Re: that and because

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,
    Please read the sentence:

    The biggest problem theyhad at the beginning was ________they didn't have the technical know-how.

    a. that b. because
    The key is 'a'. I think 'b' is also correct. 'a' is a predicative clause while 'b' is a clause of reason. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    I would only use "that". This is a linking construction between "problem" and the clause. That asks for a noun clause "that they didn't", not the subordinate clause "because they didn't".

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    #5

    Re: that and because

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    Dear Mike,

    May I understand it this way:
    If it is an action then I can use because clause. For example, they didn't fix the machine at the beginning because they didn't have the technical know-how.
    Now it is a noun 'problem' so I can only use a noun clause to show the content of the problem. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would only use "that". This is a linking construction between "problem" and the clause. That asks for a noun clause "that they didn't", not the subordinate clause "because they didn't".
    Last edited by jiang; 07-Dec-2006 at 14:51.


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    Re: that and because

    hello,

    My 2 cents

    The biggest problem they had at the beginning was ________they didn't have the technical know-how.

    The that clause is the complement of problem. Okay
    If we use because as a conjunction word, then the causal adjunct (subordinate clause) after it will explain why it was so that the biggest problem arose at the beginning (and not at the end).

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    Re: that and because

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
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    Dear Mike,

    May I understand it this way:
    If it is an action then I can use because clause. For example, they didn't fix the machine at the beginning because they didn't have the technical know-how.
    Now it is a noun 'problem' so I can only use a noun clause to show the content of the problem. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    Yes, your solution for the "because" clause is very good.
    A "because" is not a problem, it is a reason.

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    Re: that and because


    Dear Mike,
    Thank you very much for your further explanation. And I am happy my solution works. I was so uncertain when I posted my solution.

    Have a nice day.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes, your solution for the "because" clause is very good.
    A "because" is not a problem, it is a reason.

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    #9

    Re: that and because

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post

    Dear Mike,
    Thank you very much for your further explanation. And I am happy my solution works. I was so uncertain when I posted my solution.

    Have a nice day.

    Jiang
    You're welcome.

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    Re: that and because

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    Dear svartnick,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. I think I understand the first part of it.

    If we use because as a conjunction word, then the causal adjunct (subordinate clause) after it will explain why it was so that the biggest problem arose at the beginning (and not at the end).
    I am afraid I don't quite understand this part. Could you please kindly explain it to me?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    hello,

    My 2 cents

    The biggest problem they had at the beginning was ________they didn't have the technical know-how.

    The that clause is the complement of problem. Okay
    If we use because as a conjunction word, then the causal adjunct (subordinate clause) after it will explain why it was so that the biggest problem arose at the beginning (and not at the end).

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