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The death of "that" ?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Alex, Jan 29, 2006.


  1. I have noticed that many people are starting to omit "that" from their speech. ie:

    "Have you told her (that) she is late?"

    "I'm worried (that) it won't be right."

    Just a couple of examples. Aren't the sentences w/o "that" incorrect? Doesn't it just sound awkward without "that" ?

    discuss
     
  2. I find the same thing with the word "are"

    Where (are) you going?
     
  3. or,

    "Where you at Dawg!?!"

    I believe the propper response would go something like this:

    "Oh my, it seems my cellular telephone is activating. *Answers call* What is your current location, my friend?"
     
  4. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I'll leave it to Vorago to field this one.
     
  5. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    its part of the subjunctive i think. its becoming less necesary in english.
     
  6. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    The English language is ever changing. Any language is, for that matter.
     
  7. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Apparently, so is capitalisation.
     
  8. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    I know it was a joke, But eventually, exactly that may be the case.

    The internet is having a HUGE influence on the language.
     
  9. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    The internet is only symptomatic of the problem. The real factor influencing change is laziness.
     
  10. canopener

    canopener

    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    All of those sentences sound awkward with 'that.'

    and also
     
  11. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Dictionary.com the last line in internet pissing contests.
     
  12. canopener

    canopener

    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    .
     
  13. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    :)
     
  14. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    I find that I use the word "that" more often to make sure that people understand me fully.

    -Mike
     
  15. kserg

    kserg

    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    Except for dead languages
     
  16. Pun intended?
     
  17. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    wassssssssssuuuuuuuupp?!?!?!?
     
  18. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    The French government is fighting very hard to stop the French Language being changed by increasing exposure to English Language Culture!! :eyebrow:
     
  19. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I'm annoyed by something else. It seems that the managers where I work are now ending their questions with a period. Example: "Ken, can you give me a programming estimate for this assignment."

    I know (that) people sometimes enunciate interrogatives as imperatives, but to do so in email seems rude. The resulting tone reminds me of this guy:
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  20. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    OTOH, I'm amused (rather than annoyed) at Troy Aikman's superfluous use of "what". Example: "Arrington's getting a lot less playing time than what he's used to". I guess it's a Texas thing. :p