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Is it correct to use a double “that” in a sentence? For example, I saw the following sentence in a book, and wondered whether it is correct:

If I do nothing else in Wallace, I want to teach my girls that that they can accomplish anything boys can do if they work hard and dedicate themselves to achieving goals.

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This is just an erroneous word duplication. There is nothing wrong with the "that that" construction, it's just not appropriate here.

For example, you could say:

Girls can accomplish anything boys can if they work hard and dedicate themselves to achieving goals. If I do nothing else in Wallace, I want to teach my girls that that is the truth.

  • Before attempting to answer, it is better to check if a question has been dealt with in earlier posts. – Kris Aug 3 '13 at 7:08

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