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How does “that” work in this sentence by Ken Follett?

At the beginning of Ken Follett's book The Pillars of the Earth, he wrote: "It is in this rich tapestry, where kings and queens are corrupt, that the common man shows eternal promise -- and one ...
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Can we say: “I picked up that xxx”?

Would the following sentence still be grammatical if "information" is omitted? "I picked up information that oranges are bad for you." It's clear that what I've picked up is ...
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Could anyone tell the function of “that” in the following sentence?

The AirTag is also far from perfect. I wish they were louder — they are very quiet compared with Tiles — so playing sound wasn’t very helpful for finding them. I also did not love that for most ...
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“that that”?!? how to properly express doubt about a distance object?

How do you express that a particular-unknown/undefined item performed a action? Usually I would start my sentence with "I didn't knew that..." indicating a general unawareness. A possible ...
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What's the correct form of this verb, “speculated”?

in this sentence, how do you analyse the correct form and meaning of the verb "speculated"? The police speculated that the young elk might have been disoriented.... I thought it was ...
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How do you introduce a non-quote? [duplicate]

Initially, I drafted the following sentence. He argues we consistently make assumptions that are wrong. Later, because it looked like a quote, I added a comma. But, do I need a comma? He argues, we ...
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When does a pronoun function as demonstrative or relative?

A bold program was proposed in JFK's Rice University address, that of sending a man to the moon. I'd like to discuss a certain theory of historical progress today, that which is most famously ...
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Is this a proper usage of “that is”?

I've recently heard "that is" being used in a sentence with the following structure: Beethoven has created the masterpiece that is Symphony No. 5. This sentence feels a little bit awkward ...
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Is it “is” or “are” after “that” in the expression …X of Y that is/are? Context provided in the question

I am aware of the solution using "can" or "will" to circumvent the issue, but I really want to know the answer. In the sentence below, "efficacy" is what "that" ...
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Why doesn't a that-clause follow “in spite of”?

I'm trying to think of an explanation as to why we don't use a that-clause after "in spite of". For example: In spite of the fact that I hadn't studied much for the exam, I passed it with ...
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relative pronoun 'which' vs 'that' [duplicate]

In this sentence, is there an error? In the name of revamping the law, investigation and trial should not be altered in a way which undermines the principles on which the judicial system was founded. ...
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What is the nature of That-complementizer here?

It was in 1945 that World World 2 ended. I think that is a complementizer, but I'm not sure of the nature of this complement. By nature I mean the part of speech of the complement clause and to what ...
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'The idea how/ the idea of how/ the idea that how' a recessive gene might become dominant

What word should come in place of (?) in the sentence below? Personally, I would use of or that.But I am not sure if these are correct or if I should forgo any word at all there. I would appreciate ...
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“that” as a determiner or complementizer

On projects in the built environment, people consider safety and functionality nonnegotiable. But the aesthetics of a new project―how it is designed―is too often considered irrelevant ― The question ...
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To keep or not to keep THAT is the question

Is it discretionary to drop "that" from the sentence below (and similar sentences)? The movie's script was so bad it blew. Or am I flouting some rule of grammar here? Thank you!
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Which + Noun : is a noun following after which?

Recently I have been learning SAT sentence correction, there is one sentence I don't quite understand. Here ... Begining in 1285, various commissions were set up in London to address the problem of ...
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Use of “that” in comparison?

Why does the book Foundations of Computer Science of BA Forouzan usually use "that" in the structures like this "... but searching a linked list is slower that searching an array...&...
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the function of that other than leading clause?

A paragraph from a ACT reading test: I don't comprehend the sentence in blue bracket. Why is "that" at the beginning of the sentence while it is not a noun(subject) clause or sth?
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apposition clause and use of that

In the sentence below: "The other theory underlying Wright's design is that of organic architecture: that structure should appear to be an extension of their surroundings. " Question: I know ...
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the function of that [closed]

In the sentence below: Please tell me what does "that" function as here. I do not think it is a relative pronoun or something similar.
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How to parse A, B, or C that is D

Please consider this sentence "I will not engage in or undertake any other employment, occupation, consulting relationship, or commitment that is directly related to the business in which the ...
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Question on the comma placement in specific sentence

A comma before that seems to be very uncommon 1,2. But I am quite unsure about the following sentence: For each state and word, we calculate its orbit, that is, the set [... a mathematical formula ...
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When can I omit a redundant 'that'? [duplicate]

Can I omit a 'that' from the sentence I am confident that that can make me $50 so that it becomes I am confident that can make me $50 Please and thank you.
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proper use of 'that' demonstrative

I'm confused about how to use the 'that' demonstrative in the following sentence: Finally, in Part 4 we analysed the results that obtained in the parts mentioned above, and we showed further ...
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Can you prove that phrase “it's important that you to remove” is grammatically incorrect?

I found several times in books the structure with that-clause, where they put the infinitive with the particle "to" after "that". For example, from Advanced Apple Debugging & Reverse Engineering ...
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Is it informal to omit the word “that” when it's optional?

I know there have been many questions about omitting "that" or not, but none of them addressed formality. I am writing a thesis in Romania and my supervisor gave me some feedback in which, among other ...
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usage of that in “the bridge that artificial life”

"That chasm was life itself, the bridge that artificial life in which Aleksey Aleksandrovich had lived." This quote is from Anna Karenina written by Leo Tolstoy. I want to know how "that" is ...
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Can you say “that which” instead of “that that”?

Which is better: "...and it is that that is our 'result'" vs "...and it is that which is our 'result'"?
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Where to place commas when a possibly parenthetical phrase follows “that”

Which of these three options is correct and why? I've included my best guess as to why each one could be considered correct. He decided that despite the impending thunderstorm he was going to go for ...
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One of the things that I hate is that some people like to spread rumors

"One of the things that I hate is that some people like to spread rumors." Hi there :), I would like to know if it's okay to not put "that" after "is" "One of the things that I hate is (that) some ...
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Appositive or Complement?

The way (that) he eats amuses me. I found the way (that) leads out of here. I love ice-cream in the same way (that) I love my mom. 1) The part of speech of the word that is conjunction in ...
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Is the relative clause used correctly here?

Get a first-hand feel for the Nomad life with the knowledge that this team has a wealth of experience in dealing with international visitors. Is the part that this team has a wealth of experience ...
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Confusion on using this/that and that/those

I have confusion regarding the use of that/those and this/that properly. My first question: Jobs those are generally involved in a lot of repetitive work are boring. Jobs that are generally ...
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Tag questions following that-clauses [closed]

Can you explain the difference between the tag questions in these two sentences, only one referencing the initial agent? John thinks I will help them with that work, doesn't he? I think everybody ...
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Should I use suppose or suppose that?

Suppose G is finite. or Suppose that G is finite. whats the difference?
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Does “That” have to be next to the noun it modifies? [duplicate]

Inside a prep book the following sentence is WRONG on the grounds that "that" modifies the closest noun "home". John F. Kennedy, one of the most social U.S. presidents, held many parties in his ...
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Is it actually incorrect to follow certain verbs with a that-clause?

I found a webpage saying certain verbs are followed by infinitives rather than that-clauses. However, is it actually incorrect to use a that-clause with certain verbs, for example, with the verb "...
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Using “that” instead of “who”, as a relative pronoun?

When referring to a person, why would anyone use "that" instead of "who"? For example: "The musician that won the award is very creative." instead of: "The musician who won the award is very creative....
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Can I answer someone's request with: “That, I can do.”

A friend asks me to do a task, is it proper to reply "That, I can do" in speaking form? or Should I still say "I can do that" ? To provide more background, a friend asked me to do "A" task, but I did ...
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Why does “that” sound odd to me after “said” in these sentences with “as” and “like”?

You said that he would come to the party. He came to the party, as you said that he would. He came to the party, just as you said that he would. He came to the party, just like you said that he would. ...
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The “that” elimination problem

The sentence I marveled that you chuckled that I said "juxtaposition". suffers from "that" overload. We'd all agree. It's easy to slim either 'that'. Hence either I marveled you chuckled that I ...
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How to choose between “where” and “when” after the expression “There hasn't been a moment…”? [duplicate]

There hasn't been a moment where/when science has ceased to amaze me. What do I choose? I have also seen use of "that" in some cases: There hasn't been a time that I haven't loved you.
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Can you help me to figure out “that of”?

"English grammar has been closely bound up with that of Latin since the 16th century, when English first began to be taught in schools." I have no idea of "that of" in this sentence. Can anyone ...
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What does “that” refer to in “Instagram is an online photo-sharing and social networking service that enables…”?

What does the word "that" in the sentence refer to? Instagram is an online photo-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures, apply digital filters to it...
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About the use of “that”

I have a very quick question that makes me stuck when I read magazines in particular. The issue is the usage of that. I am totally aware of its usage in some examples but in some cases, it makes me ...
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“… similar to what …”

"A high school, a private hospital and several apartment blocks are among the buildings identified with combustible cladding similar to what fuelled the Grenfell Tower fire." I read this sentence and ...
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Use of “that” versus “about”

Recently, a student wrote the following sentence: Despite Dr.Guitierrez’s assertion that Tina was bit by a lizard, he knew that he was wrong to assure the Bowmans about lizards bite children ...
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Should I use make or makes after 'that'

To set global allowance we need to type one or two values that make(s) up the allowance
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do you know that / do you know if

Do you know that he will be our coach? Do you know if he will be our coach? I think both sentences are grammatically ok, just meaning two different things. In the first sentence, it's decided that ...
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What does the lady think (that) has happened to Lorna?

What does the lady think (that) has happened to Lorna? Please, can you tell me if "that" has to be omitted or is it optional in this question? I think it is optional, but sounds odds and unnatural, ...