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    omission of 'that'

    Hello,
    Lately, I've been wondering whether it's always right to use 'that' in constructions such as:

    "I know that you've been lying to me" (although I do know it's perfectly correct to say "I know you've been lying to me")

    "You can work on the test for as long as you want, but know that you have to hand them in at 12 o'clock" (here I would not dare to drop 'that')

    "It's important that you eat at least three servings of fruit every day" (same here)

    I kindly await your illuminating responses

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    Re: omission of 'that'

    Quote Originally Posted by Filip View Post
    Hello,
    Lately, I've been wondering whether it's always right to use 'that' in constructions such as:

    "I know that you've been lying to me" (although I do know it's perfectly correct to say "I know you've been lying to me")

    "You can work on the test for as long as you want, but know that you have to hand them in at 12 o'clock" (here I would not dare to drop 'that')

    "It's important that you eat at least three servings of fruit every day" (same here)

    I kindly await your illuminating responses
    We give ourselves permission to drop the "that" if the meaning is clear without it, as it is in your examples.

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