His parents asked David

Bassim

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I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

His parents asked little David what he wanted to be when he grew up. He replied promptly he wanted to be an investment banker because he would be able to buy more expensive toys.
 
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His parents asked little David what he wanted to be when he grew up. He replied promptly that he wanted to be an investment banker because he would be able to buy more expensive toys.
 

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Is "that" compulsory in the above sentence, or is the sentence correct without it?
 

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It's highly desirable.
 
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