Using "that" to make a clause
The word "that" is often used at the beginning of a clause.
Examples below show how to use "that":
I think that it’s a good idea.
She was angry that her friend lied to her.
We heard that U2 will be here in June.
It’s not always necessary to use "that" in a clause. All of the above sentences do not require "that"; however, it’s important for beginning and intemediate learners of English to practice.
Do you see and hear the differences in the sentences below?
I think it’s a good idea.
She was angry her friend lied to her.
We heard U2 will be here in June.
Here are some examples of sentences that use "that":
She thinks that it’s important to learn English.
She thinks it’s important to learn English.
I believe that organic strawberries are worth paying extra money for.
I believe organic strawberries are worth paying extra money for.
This young woman is glad that the water is warm.
This young woman is glad the water is warm.
Clauses using "that" often follow this pattern:
subject + verb + that + clause
The teacher noticed that the little girl didn’t have a coat.
or this pattern:
subject + verb + adjective + that + clause
Mark was angry that his boss fired him from his job.
In the next lesson, you’ll learn about adjective clauses.
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