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    help with that

    which of this sentences with "That" are correct and why?:

    1.-Ken believes Kevin is the key to the recovery of his sister.
    2.-Ken believes THAT Kevin is the key to the recovery of his sister.

    1.-Kevin explains THAT he spoke to a neighbor.
    2.-Kevin explains he spoke to a neighbor.

    1.-john can not believe THAT Bill wants to investigate.
    2.-john can not believe Bill wants to investigate.

    1.-The Brothers realize he has been returned to end their investigation.
    2.-The Brothers realize THAT he has been returned to end their investigation.

    I need help

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    Re: help with that

    Your use of "that" is okay in each case. There's some odd capitalization and I don't really understand the last one.

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    Re: help with that

    "That" is often just a filler word. It's primary use is to separate clauses to ensure the reader or listener understands the statement more clearly. For example, although the that in "I cannot believe that Bill wants to investigate" is entirely unnecessary, it does ensure that the reader doesn't go down the the "I cannot believe Bill" path, and we begin to question the credibility of Bill. We trip on the that, and we see a phrase break: I cannot believe [change mental gears] Bill wants to investigate.

    I also have trouble understanding the last example. And cannot is spelled as one word.

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