Which sentence is grammatically correct:

The statute stated that,"The "vegan..."


The statue stated,"The vegan.."

Do you add the word that or not?

  • Does anyone know which one would be correct grammatically? – fern schan Nov 19 '18 at 23:53

Words like state and say take two similar but not identical structures as their object:

They can take a quoted string, the words uttered: He said "I won't go". This is sometimes called "direct speech".

Or they can take a clause introduced by that. This is "reported speech", and pronouns are substituted, and the verb are backshifted: He said that he wouldn't go.

That can often be omitted in reported speech; but it can never be inserted in direct speech.

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