“When“ vs “whenever”

Gaer

Senior Member
Hey Ronni, Could you answer this? I've always felt the word "that" is extraneous.
as in: "How thankful I am that you are here."
or "How thankful I am, you are here."
Which is correct?
I'm only asking Ronni, guys!
 

StarSong

Well-known Member
"That" is often extraneous, but the word often makes sentences clearer, particularly written sentences.

Most people don't say, "How thankful I am, you are here." despite it being correct.

The point of the format is anyone can respond.
 

Gaer

Senior Member
"That" is often extraneous, but the word often makes sentences clearer, particularly written sentences.

Most people don't say, "How thankful I am, you are here." despite it being correct.

The point of the format is anyone can respond.
Thank you. That's what i thought.
I requested only her because the gentlemen on this thread don't seem to be aware their words reflect their level of consciousness and reveal their dignity, honor and character.

Maybe they were just trying to be humorous.
 

Ronni

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Original Poster
Hey Ronni, Could you answer this? I've always felt the word "that" is extraneous.
as in: "How thankful I am that you are here."
or "How thankful I am, you are here."
Which is correct?
I'm only asking Ronni, guys!
What @StarSong said 😉

Basically you should use “that” if a sentence sounds awkward without it. When I’m in doubt I just include it.

To decide whether you can leave “that” from a sentence, see how natural the sentence reads or sounds without it.

There are all kinds of rules about when to use it and when to not, having to do with subordinating conjunctions and dependent and independent clauses and other stuff. But personally that is less important to me. I’d rather break a “rule” to make what I’m talking about clear. I mean the whole POINT of using the english language is to communicate thoughts and ideas in a way that other people understand them, right?
 

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