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What is the mistake in “There are many Danes who speak English”?

My students — Danish high school, year 13 — have to identify and explain mistakes in sentences. I have corrected so many, I cannot find the problem in this one: There are many Danes who speak ...
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Why is 'that' sometimes optional before dependent clauses?

Sometimes, the word 'that' to introduce a dependent clause is optional. For example, these sentences both make sense with or without 'that': Long books [that] religious people like tend to be ...
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“That heresies should arise, we have the prophesie of Christ…”

That heresies should arise, we have the prophesie of Christ; but that old ones should be abolished, we hold no prediction. This is a quote from Religio Medici (1643) by Thomas Browne. It's quoted in ...
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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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Is it grammatically acceptable to start a sentence with “That that…”

This is something that I've recently had someone tell me is not grammatically correct. Now, to be honest, it's not something I would likely ever use in everyday language but that doesn't necessarily ...
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Is the pronoun THAT used as anaphora or cataphora?

"When we analyzed all the news stories and removed just ONE STORY, here's how the world looked. What was THAT story? THE DEATH OF ANNA NICOLE SMITH. This story eclipsed every country except Iraq, ...
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Is it grammatical to use the relative pronoun “that” after a comma?

I’ve always thought it grammatically wrong to use “that” to introduce non-defining relative clauses, after a comma, or after a preposition. The following two sentences, however, use “that” after a ...
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“The place where is near my apartment” - Why can't we use 'where' there? [duplicate]

This question here asks about where as a subject in relative clauses: Can "where" ever be used as the subject of a relative/adjective clause? As can be seen from my specific questions at ...
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Is it OK to omit 'that' after 'however, in the middle of a sentence?

I know it is generally okay to omit 'that' which introduces a sentence, but I am not sure if it is OK to omit 'that' right after 'however' which is put in the middle of a sentence as follows. I ...
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Using “that” excessively in sentences

When writing papers I find that I consistently use "that" in sentences where I describe a perspective held by an author. For example, I wrote From what I have presented thus far, it should be clear ...
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'You know nothing OF THAT OF WHICH we speak'

'You know nothing of that of which we speak'. I know the sentence is formal, verbose and arguably clumsy; however, I'd like to know whether 'of that of which' is grammatically correct. Thanks.
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“that which” vs. “what”

What's the difference between "that which" and "what"? Which of the following sentences is correct, and how (if at all) do they differ? We only want to free technology from that which makes it ...
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“The one what is blue” - WHAT versus THAT

I have a student who consistently uses "what" for "that" as in "The one what is blue." I need to come up with a rule(s) that would work for a 3rd grader, and am having difficulty finding anything. ...
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The use of “that of” and an apostrophe

Here is my sentence: "Julia's experience is similar to that of Robert's." Would it be correct to put an apostrophe ('s) after Robert?
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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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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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Is this “that” a conjunction, or something else?

I believe the following sentence requires a verb after the word "statement", but I have been told that it does not. Please advise: We will enroll you unless you sign a statement that you do not ...
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Does using “that” to introduce a subordinate clause serve any other purpose but to eliminate ambiguity?

I've always been taught to use "that" to introduce a subordinate clause only if there is an ambiguity in the meaning of a sentence without it. For instance: He said on Monday he had lost his dog....
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Is a preposition of place required when replacing “where” with “that”?

A preposition appears to be needed when that is used in sentences such as: That's the store where I bought my computer. That's the store that I bought my computer (at?). with exceptions ...
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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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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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How do you parse the sentence “What is it about cheetahs that make them so fast”

I have been working through a grammar book, and I have learned a lot. However, I have trouble when it comes to question type sentences. My best guess is that "What is it about cheetahs" is a noun ...
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Using “that” before or after a clause

Where does the "that" go? "This notice is to inform you that, in accordance with blah blah blah, I am proposing to suspend you." "This notice is to inform you, in accordance with blah blah blah, ...
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Is the use of 'that if' discouraged?

Is the use of that if discouraged or even wrong? This may be a weird question, but in Dutch the use of dat als, literally that if, is considered an error. So, for example, is the following sentence ...
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Should this “that” be omitted? [duplicate]

Example sentence for the scenario I have in mind: We will bring the necessities that most people take for granted such as... Is "that" better left omitted, or would omitting "that" create a ...
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Does this sentence require the addition of the word “that” between “hope” and “the patient”?

Should the following sentence be altered to say "in the hope THAT the patient would still be alive"? He would then have to ride many hours, maybe changing to a fresh horse at some farm, in the hope ...
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The necessity of the word “that” [closed]

Which of the sentences is correct? It will expect the client has 1 page. It will expect that the client has 1 page. It will expect the client has 1 a page. It will expect that the client has a 1 page....
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“That these … makes” – why “makes” and what is the role of “that”? [closed]

I have the following sentence: That these skills are transferable makes them especially beneficial. My question is “simple”: Why makes? (Of course, because of that.) But, does that mean something –...
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What part of speech is “that” in these two sentences:

I believe that pigs can fly I think here "that" is being used as a conjunction to combine the independent clause (pigs can fly) with the dependent clause (I believe) That the boys painted ...
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“It will be the first time (that) I have flown to America.” Is the “that”-clause a relative clause?

It will be the first time (that) I have flown to America. The above example sentence is borrowed from this earlier post. Depending on context, there can be other variations as follows: It is the ...
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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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When is it okay not to use “that”

Consider: "Note that there are two characteristics in the agent." versus "Note there are two characteristics in the agent." The only difference is [that] (2) drops the "that". Which is ...
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Relative and demonstrative pronouns “that” and “those”

I think the sentence the difference between the behaviour of young people today and that of those in the past is correct, as that (relative pronoun) replaces behaviour and those (demonstrative ...
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that vs which vs what [duplicate]

Temporary reopen note: Pleas note that this other question here does not address what or compare it to which or that: When to use “that” and when to use “which”? Original Question Which sentence ...
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Comma and 'that' omissions in the sentence

I have four ways to write my sentence: (comma separated) The implementation, we have made before, may ... The implementation, that we have made before, may ... (without commas) The implementation we ...
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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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A set of mutations that REGULATE / REGULATES genes

I am trying to wrap my head around the usage of 'that' in these two sentences. While I got the answers correctly when I tried to understand the meaning of the sentence, I am wondering if there is any ...
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Reference for present perfect subjunctive

I was wondering if anyone knows of a published reference for a subjunctive of this form: It is not possible that Alice have raised her hand that day and the prisoner be still alive. I have been ...
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“That” deletion, or is oxforddictionaries.com wrong?

Oxforddictionaries.com have given the following title to one of their articles: Nine words you didn't know had offensive origins Of course, I'm not in a position to question the competence of the ...
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Is it who, whom or, that?

For the phrase, "... more than those that have come before." what is most correct? Is it who, whom or, that?
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Subjunctive questions

Do I need to add ‘that’? Is it neccesary? She demands that he go to the mall. She demands he go to the mall. Which one is proper? I thought that he was tired. I thought he were tired. There are ...
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Is “that” optional in these sentences? If not, does each mean the same?

My experience working in the justice system and first year of law school have convinced me that my legal future lies in criminal litigation. OR My experience working in the justice system and first ...
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Changing the order of “that” clause [closed]

I saw the following sentence in a book: That people were so willing to respond is one measure of the importance of the topic. Is there any reason to bring the "that" clause to the beginning of ...
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'I'm sure your friends will likely call you on your birthday.' Is “that” required? [duplicate]

Could someone please help me. I was wondering if I have to use "that" in the following sentence: I'm sure your friends will likely call you on your birthday. Should there be a "that" between sure ...
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Do I need a comma before as in this sentence: does as start a nonrestrictive element?

The second part of my argument is that, as an English naval captain, Avery has a duty to focus solely on defeating the enemies of the King. OR The second part of my argument is that as an English ...
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Why doesn't the that-trace effect affect the sentence “Who that knows him doesn't love him?”?

In the entry that-trace effect in Glottopedia, the following sentence is shown as an ungrammatical example. *Who did you think that would win? But, I believe that the next sentence is grammatical....
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“What were they doing differently *that* had led to this dramatic improvement?”

What were they doing differently that had led to this dramatic improvement? I saw a sentence having the same structure as the one above. But I am not sure that this sentence is grammatically correct. ...
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How to properly say “the email that I've sent you”? [closed]

What would be the most formal way to say the following: I wanted to see your thoughts about the email that I sent you last Thursday. I am a little unsure about "the email that I sent you". I feel ...
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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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the usage of “such that”

I looked up the usage of "such that" in the dictionary, it says: "such that, so that: used to express purpose or result: power such that it was effortless" if the subordinate clause following "such ...