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I believe this is a syntax question. I'm sorry if this is the wrong tag.

Which is correct?

  1. Through my education, volunteer work, and work experience, I have truly realized Tagore was right, service is joy.

  2. Through my education, volunteer work, and work experience, I have truly realized that Tagore was right, service is joy.

Cheers

  • Possible duplicate of When can one omit "that" from a sentence? FE's answer gives the general answer, and the later analysis from Swan (in Shoe's answer) does not include realise as one of the verbs after which the complementiser that must not be dropped. It is optional here, though I'd say advisable given the weightiness of the sentence. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 20 at 18:48
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Both are correct. That may be needed for clarity with some other verbs. For example, "I heard Tagore was right" is grammatically correct, but until the reader gets to the fourth word (was) it's not obvious that the object of heard is not Tagore but the whole clause "Tagore was right." For the first three words, the sentence seems to be saying, "I heard Tagore," but the intended meaning is different. "I heard that Tagore was right" is unambiguous.

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