How to combine two sentences using a that-clause

A that-clause is an example of a noun clause. That-clauses can be the subject or object of the verb in the main clause.

Study the example given below.

  • I know. You work hard. (Two sentences)
  • I know what? – that you work hard

We can combine these two sentences using the connector ‘that’.

  • I know that you work hard.

In this sentence, the that-clause acts as the object of the verb know.

Another example is given below.

  • I was not going to be at the meeting. I regretted it. (Two sentences)
  • I regretted that I was not going to be at the meeting. (One sentence)
  • You believe that you are always right. I admire that belief.
  • I admire your belief that you are always right.
  • He was cheating on her. She knew it.
  • She knew that he was cheating on her.

The fact that…

I have already mentioned that a that-clause can act as the subject of a verb. However, this is unusual. In most cases we use the phrase ‘the fact that’.

  • She did not speak English. This made it difficult for her to get a good job. (Two separate sentences)
  • The fact that she did not speak English made it difficult for her to get a good job.
  • The boy had been missing for days. Still, it didn’t seem to worry anybody.
  • The fact that the boy had been missing for days didn’t seem to worry anybody.

The expression ‘the fact that’ is also used after prepositions.

  • He did not pay attention to the fact that they often starved her. (NOT He did not pay attention to that they often starved her. We cannot put a that-clause immediately after a preposition.)

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