Using "that" to make a clause
word "that" is often used at the beginning of a clause.
Examples below show how to use
I think that
it's a good idea.
She was angry that
her friend lied to her.
We heard that
U2 will be here in June.
It's not always necessary
to use "that" in a clause. All of the
above sentences do not require "that"; however, it's important
for beginning and intemediate learners of English to practice.
Do you see and hear the differences
in the sentences below?
I think it's a good idea.
She was angry her friend lied to her.
We heard U2 will be here in June.
Here are some examples of sentences that use
that it's important to learn English.
She thinks it's important to learn English.
I believe that organic
strawberries are worth paying extra money for.
I believe organic strawberries are worth paying extra money for.
This young woman is glad
that the water is warm.
This young woman is glad the water is warm.
Clauses using "that" often follow this pattern:
subject + verb + that + clause
The teacher noticed that
the little girl didn't have a coat.
or this pattern:
subject + verb +
adjective + that
Mark was angry that
his boss told him to work this weekend.
In the next lesson, we'll learn about adjective clauses.
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