the mutt

That is quite unnecessary

Posted in Writing by grx20 on September 12, 2008

In most sentences, the word ‘that’ can be dropped without having Wren & Martin groan in protest.

Try it.

It is especially useful in awkward constructions like, ‘He told me that that was the umbrella Sinatra stole from him.’

A better way of putting it would be: ‘He told me that was the umbrella Sinatra stole from him.’

Of course, one could argue (that) the best thing would be to have Sinatra not steal any umbrellas.

Phew! Now, that was uncalled for.

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  1. Jo-Naathan said, on September 12, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Now THAT is a great post.


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