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    a problem that...

    Hi teachers!

    Is it okay to say, "The man have a problem that he cannot retain his memory for any longer than 2 hours"?

    As I wrote below, I think the use of "a noun + that clause" is common in English.

    The fact that Africa isn't a nation surprised the former US predident.

    There was no evidence that he murdered his best friend.

    I'm not sure if this use is also applicable to "a problem that...".

    Thank you.

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    Re: a problem that...

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi teachers!

    Is it okay to say, "The man have a problem that he cannot retain his memory for any longer than 2 hours"?

    Structurally ok, apart the verb >>

    I have
    You have
    He/she/it has
    We have
    You have
    They have

    As I wrote below, I think the use of "a noun + that clause" is common in English.

    The fact that Africa isn't a nation surprised the former US president.

    There was no evidence that he murdered his best friend.

    I'm not sure if this use is also applicable to "a problem that...".

    Thank you.

    OP
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    Re: a problem that...

    May I add?

    I think perhaps "The man has a problem, in that he cannot..." might be a little better. I've made bold "has": by saying "in that" you specify both the possession and the problem simultaneously.

    Note the subtle difference:

    The man's problem, that he cannot retain his memory for any longer than two hours, has caused him great inconvenience. <-- here you are describing the problem directly. (adjective)

    The man's problem has grown, in that he cannot retain his memory for any longer than two hours. <-- here, perhaps he could remember 4 hours before; so you are describing how the problem has grown. (adverb)

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    Re: a problem that...

    Or, try, "The man's problem is that he cannot retain his memory...."

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