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    Arrow Begining with that

    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hi, please read this carefully: "This was done because the cannonball was needed to support the weight of the leg. In other words, the demands of the laws of physics, not the sculptor's aesthetic intentions, placed the ball there. That this device was a necessary structural compromise is clear from the fact that the cannonball quickly disappeared when sculptors learned how to strengthen the internal structure of a statue with iron braces..."
    I ask about the last sentence that begins with "that"; I don't get this "that"; give a definition, please.

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    Re: Begining with that

    Good question. You should infer the words "The fact," which are understood: "[The fact] that this device was necessary..."

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    Re: Begining with that

    PS - And thank you for giving us enough of the text that we could understand your question. Often, students just give one or two words, and we have no idea what they're talking about!

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    Re: Begining with that

    With the help of Charlie, "Random House Unabridged Dictionary", at that: meaning and definitions — Infoplease.com , and " Encarta® World English Dictionary", at that definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta, I see this "that" as a conjunction used to introduce a clause expressing a comment or fact, result, purpose, reason, desire, or consequence.
    I think my quote fits in with a comment or fact expression.
    But do you think I can change the sentence order like this:
    This device was a necessary structural compromise, that is clear from the fact that.....?

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