It was <that> he had less money for the rest of his vacation.

Tenacious Learner

Senior Member
Spanish
Hello teachers,
Text:
Peter had to go to the impound to get his car. He also had to pay an eighty-dollar fine, so he had less money for the rest of his vacation.
One possible question out of it:
What was the consequence of getting a parking ticket? He had less money for the rest of his vacation.

If I want to write the long
answer of the question above, which one should I write?
a) It was that he had less money for the rest of his vacation.
b) It was he had less money for the rest of his vacation.

My thoughts:
I
believe it's letter "a", I just don't know why.

Thanks in advance.
 
  • Tenacious Learner

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    Your original answer is the best, but a is possible, although clumsy. B is not possible.
    Thanks, Glas. OK. It's awkward. I'm asking this because a student asked me, what if I want to write the long answer and I told her, you should begin your reply with "It was that ..." I believe the "that" is usually deleted but, why isn't possible in this case?

    TL
     
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    Tenacious Learner

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    Hi again,
    I've been searching on the net and I think the "that" in the following sentence is a conjunction and it implies that the information in the previous statement had an effect on what is about to be stated. Am I right?

    The consequence of getting a parking ticket was that he had less money for the rest of his vacation.

    TL
     
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