show off + that

PBL

New Member
Finnish
Hi there,
Is it correct to add a clause beginning with that after show off as in:

"He wants to show off to his friends that he is cool."

Should it be either

He wants to show his friends that he is cool.

or

He wants to show off (his coolness?).

Best regards,
PBL
 
  • Tazzler

    Senior Member
    American English
    I don't think we can use a "that" clause with "show off." At least it sounds odd. Why not drop the clause and just say "show off to his friends." "show off his coolness" is strange as well. Why not simply say "show off to his friends"?
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    "He wants to show off to his friends that he is cool." sounds perfectly OK in BE.

    show off = demonstrate in a way that attracts attention to oneself
    show = demonstrate
     
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