Proofreading Service - Pain in the English
Proofreading Service - Pain in the EnglishProofreading Service - Pain in the English
 

Your Pain Is Our Pleasure

24-Hour Proofreading Service—We proofread your Google Docs or Microsoft Word files. We hate grammatical errors with passion. Learn More

 

That

Is there any reason for the “that” in the following sentence?

I thought that the day was warm. vs. I thought the day was warm.

  • September 26, 2005
  • Posted by mike
  • Filed in Grammar
  • 2 comments

Submit Your Comment

or fill in the name and email fields below:

Comments

Sort by  OldestLatestRating

when you say "i thought that the day was warm" vs. "thought the day was warm" , the senctence whit the that is seemingly more specific. like you had a clearer idea that is was warm, rather than just saying "i though the day was warm" , which is more vague nad like, oh yeah...it was warm...heh yeah thats what i think, im jsut an 8th grader...:)

redemholcomb September 26, 2005 @ 10:56PM

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

In your example without the "that", a "that" is understood. You are building a complex sentence with an adverbial clause, and "that" acts as the conjunction. Note the two separate clauses, each with a subject and predicate:

"I thought" + that + "the day was warm"

When you eliminate the "that" from the sentence, there is no conjunction, but the two clauses remain. As a result, the conjunction is understood, much like "you" is understood to be the subject of imperative sentences ("Go get the ball." => "You go get the ball.").

chris.sigler September 28, 2005 @ 7:25AM

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse