how many minutes per day that individuals

Discussion in 'English Only' started by SuprunP, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. SuprunP

    SuprunP Senior Member

    Ukraine
    Ukrainian & Russian
    From diaries that the children filled out daily over several months’ time, the investigators estimated how many minutes per day that individuals were engaged in reading and other activities while not in school.
    (What Reading Does for the Mind; Anne E. Cunningham; Keith E. Stanovich)

    Would you be so kind as to explain to me the role of 'that' here?

    Thanks.
     
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    It's a horrible sentence. I suspect someone tried to edit it and failed. Remove the that.
     
  3. heypresto

    heypresto Senior Member

    South East England
    English - England
    :thumbsup: And change "over several months’ time" to "over a period of several months".
     
  4. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    I agree that it's not a great sentence, but in AE "that" is often used as a stand-in for "in which" (just to explain the writer's apparent intent).
     
  5. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    Is it, to your AE ear, improved by the removal of "that"?
     
  6. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    Yes (but not by much).
     
  7. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    Thanks. Another note to the author of my "AE in a Week" book... :D
     
  8. velisarius Senior Member

    Greece
    British English (Sussex)
  9. velisarius Senior Member

    Greece
    British English (Sussex)
    Also in the text I found, "time" has been omitted. I have no idea which was the original, but the similarity between the sentences can hardly be due to chance.
     
  10. Hermione Golightly

    Hermione Golightly Senior Member

    London
    British English
    Somehow the word 'time' has crept in - it just says 'several months' in the original.
     
  11. SuprunP

    SuprunP Senior Member

    Ukraine
    Ukrainian & Russian
    Thank you everyone!
     

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