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    Is the word "that" necessary?

    I'm having a hard time understanding when and if I need the word "that" in a sentence.

    For example:

    "He is the boy that I want."

    "He is the boy I want."

    Both seem correct to me. Can someone please explain if "that" is necessary and if so, why? Thanks


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    Re: Is the word "that" necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I'm having a hard time understanding when and if I need the word "that" in a sentence.

    For example:

    "He is the boy that I want."

    "He is the boy I want."

    Both seem correct to me. Can someone please explain if "that" is necessary and if so, why? Thanks
    No, it's not necessary. In fact, use of the zero pronoun is very common in speech. [sounds odd, doesn't it? "non-use of the zero pronoun ... "]

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    Re: Is the word "that" necessary?

    Yes, it works perfectly to me. He is the boy I want

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    Re: Is the word "that" necessary?

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    Both seem correct to me. Can someone please explain if "that" is necessary and if so, why? Thanks
    In your example 'that' relates back to the boy, and thus to the object of the sentence. So 'that' can be omitted.


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    Re: Is the word "that" necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcake View Post
    In your example 'that' relates back to the boy, and thus to the object of the sentence. So 'that' can be omitted.


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