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My friend and I were playing this game, in which we were complimenting others.

For example, she said, "You're so pretty, all the boys want to 'holla' at you." Then I said, "You're so pretty, that all the girls just want to grab your face."

I was just wondering if 'that' is necessary for this type of context, and is it formal to add the 'that?' If so, is a comma needed before 'that'? Please explain!

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In speech, that is not necessary. If you’re recording direct speech, then you write what the speaker actually said, and, in your example, a comma would not be required.

If you’re writing a similar sentence yourself, rather than recording what someone else said, then add that.

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I would strongly disagree with a comma after that, as I believe that the comma replaces that in informal speech. (You wouldn't put a comma after that in my last sentence, presumably?) –  TimLymington Mar 16 '13 at 11:25
    
@TimLymington. You're right. Answer amended. –  Barrie England Mar 16 '13 at 12:27
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