Using the word "that"

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Using the word "that"

Postby reneetutor » Fri, 21 Mar 2008 11:31:49 -0500

Hello there,

I have a student whose first language is French, and when he writes in English he overuses the word "that". But now he is trying to reduce the use of it and wonders if he is "undercompensating". Would anyone know of any tips on the proper use of the word "that"? Even better, can someone refer me to a good lesson on the use of it?

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Re: Using the word "that"

Postby Syl » Fri, 18 Apr 2008 04:11:34 -0500

Relative Pronouns

A pronoun that introduces an adjective clause. The relative pronouns are which, that, who, whom, whose.
"How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?"
(Charles De Gaulle)
"On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down."
(Woody Allen)
"An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support."
(John Buchan)
"Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?"
(Clarence Darrow)
"Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own."
(Nelson Algren)

Taken from Richard Nordquist, in You can find excellent material on that site, mainly here:

I found a good lesson plan on this site: ... ieng_1.asp

I hope it helps!
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