"that" ~ zero

Mark Davies Mark_Davies at BYU.EDU
Sat Jan 3 16:56:00 UTC 2009

On [+/- that] with verbs, interesting chart from data in the TIME Corpus at:


It shows a clear and sustained decrease (60% or so) in the use of 'that' (she thinks (that) he knows) since the 1960s.

Mark D.

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