I told him <that> I had noticed <that> a bulb

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JJXR

Senior Member
Russian
Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Sample sentences:

1. I'm director of AAA. Yesterday, while passing through the corridor that leads to my office, I noticed that it was darker than usual there. When I saw one of my subordinates, I told him I had noticed that a bulb had burned out in the corridor, and I asked him to get someone to replace it.

2. ...I told him that I had noticed that a bulb had burned out in the corridor, and I asked him to get someone to replace it.

3. ...I told him I had noticed a bulb had burned out in the corridor, and I asked him to get someone to replace it.

Question:

I wrote version #1 in my earlier thread. Are versions #2 and #3 also possible? I'm wondering about the inclusion/omission of the "that"s in bold.


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
  • JJXR

    Senior Member
    Russian
    Thanks for the response, JulianStuart.

    Which of the three versions sounds best? Thanks.
     

    JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    No ambiguity arises from the omission or inclusion so they are all pretty much the same. #2 gets a slight deduction because of the (unnecessary) repetition of that. #3 gets a tiny deduction because of a momentary association of "{noticed a bulb}" before we see that it is "noticed {a bulb had burnt out}"
    #1 gets a mark of 97.823
    #2 gerts a mark of 95.773
    #3 gets a mark of 97.761
     
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