the 40,000 people "officials say" are still buried in the rubble

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Wookie

Senior Member
Korea, Korean
Tens of thousands of soldiers and emergency workers struggled against impassable roads and barriers of concrete and brick to reach the 40,000 people officials say are still buried in the rubble or missing after the massive earthquake.

I think "that" should be put between "the 40,000 people" and "officials say...".

...to reach the 40,000 people (officials say) are still buried in the rubble...
If you leve "officials say" out, you get:
...to reach the 40,000 people are still buried in the rubble...:cross:
...to reach the 40,000 people that are still buried in the rubble...:tick:

Is my theory correct?
 
  • johnp

    Senior Member
    The subordinating conjunction "that" can be omitted in English. For example, I think that many are still buried under the rubble or I think many are still buried under the rubble.
     
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