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Can I combine these two sentences:

  1. I'll never forget the time.

  2. We were a happy couple then.

To

I'll never forget the time that we were a happy couple.

And more, without "that"

I'll never forget the time we were a happy couple.

I remember we can use a sentence to describe the objective.

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  • I have certainly heard it - and I would guess that this is a result of the ellipsis "the time when we..." -> "the time we..." and then back-formation. I tend to hear it more used when "time" means "(one) occasion (out of several)" rather than "point in time", but I've heard both.
    – Billy
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 2:33

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I would say, "I will never forget the time when we were a happy couple."

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    I would probably just say "I will never forget when we were a happy couple." But +1.
    – Robusto
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 16:52
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The snag is that there is more than a hint of a one-off occasion, as in

I'll never forget the time a wheel came off the car and rolled past us along the highway.

(I hadn't intended that pun!)

I'd suggest:

I'll never forget the time we had / when we were together - we made such a happy couple!

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  • So, it's not wrong at all,but hard to be read? And, I want to eliminate - we made such a happy couple... Any alternative?
    – Stallman
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 11:43
  • Every time a word gets left out, some situational meanings may get excluded and some others may become prominent because of arbitrary idiom formation. Half the questions in EL&U get asked because people are trying to understand how to handle such extremely reduced clauses. Better to leave things in if clarity is an objective, as well as being "correct". Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 15:16

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