Can the following sentence be correct with and without quotation marks?
Did Mother say we are going to Disney World?
I would answer yes, but I have read in the past the word "that" should be inserted if no quotations are to be used.
Did Mother say that we are going to Disney World?
I have one more with the same question:
Nan explained the essay "Doughboys" is about World War I.
This one I would say needs "that" inserted in order to get rid of dialog quotation marks, but I'm probably wrong---just about the time I think I have some part of grammar figured out and is "absolute" I find it is not absolute at all!
Thank you for your assistance.