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Start a sentence with "That..."

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jitvimol, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. jitvimol New Member

    Thai & English
    I have heard notion form many gurus whether it is grammartically correct to start a sentence with "That" but it is not clear: some say it is ok, but some say it doesn't.
    What do you guy think about the following sentence?

    structure: "That ................ + V1"
    or "That..................+ v.to be"

    "That my mother keeps telling me to take a bath is annoying"

    P.S I'm not sure that whether it is a good example but please refer to the above structure.
  2. Dimcl Senior Member

    British Columbia, Canada
    Canadian English
    Hi Jitvimol, and welcome to the forum.

    There is nothing grammatically incorrect about your sentence. It's perfectly fine although not as idiomatic as we might use in conversation. Casually, we would simply say "It's annoying that my mother keeps telling me to take a bath". Your sentence, however, is certainly grammatically correct.
  3. Full Tilt Boogie Senior Member

    Manchester, UK
    British English

    You're right: there are two schools of thought here.

    One will recommend that it's not 'correct', and the other will say it's OK to do so. I'm in the latter camp, as there are exceptions to the rule - usually in prose. For example:

    "That I should have to suffer this aggravation from my mother, just to take a bath?" Note you're structuring the sentence as a question.
  4. jitvimol New Member

    Thai & English
    Thanks Dimcl and Boogie so much. Finally, i clearly understand the explanation.
    That's an useful information for non native speaker like I.
    Btw, Thanks for the welcome. ^^

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