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Are there rules about using “that” to join two clauses?

Should I use the word that or not in following sentence?

It turns out that he has requested review from reviewers on the advancement of two year in XYZ organization.

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marked as duplicate by RegDwigнt Oct 12 '12 at 8:42

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This extract from ‘An A-Z of English Grammar and Usage’ by Geoffrey Leech and others explains when that can be omitted when it introduces a dependent that-clause. (Other considerations apply when that introduces a defining relative clause):

We can omit that in all positions, except when the that goes at the beginning of the sentence or when the that- clause comes after an abstract noun. We usually omit that in speech.

It follows that you can omit that in your example. However, if you are ever in any doubt about omitting it, particularly in a very formal context, it is safer to include it.

(You do, however, need a before review and an s at the end of year. In fact, the whole sentence looks as if it needs to be rewritten.)

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That answer makes a lot of sense. +1 – J.R. Oct 12 '12 at 8:10

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