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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

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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 was warm...heh yeah thats what i think, im jsut an 8th grader...:)

redemholcomb September 26, 2005 @ 10:56PM

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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

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