verbs followed by that clause

 

With "that"

We can use clauses with that:

• after verbs of thinking:

  • think
  • believe
  • expect
  • decide
  • hope
  • know
  • understand
  • suppose
  • guess
  • imagine
  • feel
  • remember
  • forget

I hope that you will enjoy your holiday.
She didn’t really think that it would happen.
I knew that I had seen her somewhere before.

• after verbs of saying:

  • say
  • admit
  • argue
  • reply
  • agree
  • claim
  • deny
  • mention
  • answer
  • complain
  • explain
  • promise
  • suggest

They admitted that they had made a mistake.
She argued that they should invest more in the business.
The children complained that they had nothing to do.

Note: tell and some other verbs of saying must always have a direct object (see clauses, sentences and phrases):

  • tell
  • convince
  • persuade
  • inform
  • remind

We tried to tell them that they should stop what they were doing.
The police informed everybody that the danger was over.

• as postmodifiers after nouns to do with thinking or saying:

  • advice
  • belief
  • claim
  • feeling
  • argument
  • hope
  • promise
  • report
  • guess
  • opinion
  • idea

He made a promise that he would do all he could to help.
I had a funny feeling that something was wrong.

• after some nouns to say more about the noun:

  • fact
  • advantage
  • effect
  • possibility
  • chance
  • danger
  • evidence
  • problem
  • difficulty

She pointed out the danger that they might be left behind.
There was a chance that we would succeed

Note: We often use a that clause to define one of these nouns after the verb be :

  • danger
  • problem
  • chance
  • possibility
  • fact

The danger is that we will be left behind.
The fact is that it is getting very late.

• after some adjectives which describe feelings to give a reason for our feelings:

  • pleased
  • sorry
  • happy
  • unhappy
  • sad
  • excited
  • glad
  • disappointed
  • afraid

I am sorry that you can’t come.
Everybody was pleased that the danger was past.
It is lucky that you were able to drive us home.

No "that"

 NOTE: We can always use a clause without the word that:

They admitted [that] they had made a mistake.
The police informed everybody [that] the danger was over.
I am sorry [that] you can’t come.
There was chance [that] we would succeed.

Exercise

Comments

Sir I want to improve my English ,& I am a student I want to know and what is the main difference between the gerund and infinite verbs.

Hello hariom soni,

When a verb is followed by another verb, often the second verb goes in the -ing or infinitive form, but the form of the verb doesn't really have anything to do with the meaning. In other words, the verb want is followed by an infinitive not because the infinitive means something different from the -ing form, but rather because that's the way the verb want is used in English. This is explained on our Verbs followed by ‘ing’ or by ‘to + infinitive’ 1 page.

There are some verbs that can be followed by both the -ing and the infinitive form, and there is a difference in meaning between the two forms - this is explained on our Verbs followed by ‘ing’ or by ‘to + infinitive’ 2 page.

I hope this helps you.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi! I have a doubt about verb "to note". Can it be used without being followed by "that"?

For example: Note this site will be deleted. Would it be correct?

Thanks in advance.

Hi AliG,

If you look up note in the dictionary (see the search box on the right) - be sure to click on the verb entry - you'll see that when it's used the way you have used it, note is followed by that.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

The difficult thing is not 'verbs followed by a that-clause'… this is the normal case! Almost any verb can be followed by a that-clause (i.e. a clause with a verb that is conjugated). The special cases are when a verb cannot be followed by a that-clause, like 'want to do sth', 'want sb to do sth'. A list of those verbs would be very helpful! (In French, you say: 'Je veux que tu fasses quelque chose.'… the infinitive or gerund clause is not possible whereas in English, it is not only possible, as with 'before I did sth' or 'before doing sth', but it is compulsory.

Hello.
I've come across such a sentence: The teacher suggested that her students write a composition.
It's a kind of reported speech, isn't it? Why don't we move the tense back then? Can we use "wrote" instead of "write"?

Hello Anandymaya!
 
Actually, both sentences are OK. Older grammar books will tell you that you must move the tense back, but we don't always. Have a look at my answer to Anthonis below for a bit more information. Here, it's not clear that the whole situation is definitely in the past (perhaps the teacher suggested it yesterday, and the assignment is due next week) so either tense is OK for write.
 
Hope that helps
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team 

Hello,

I have a question about tenses:
In which case we use a base form of the verb after the that clause, because in the below sentences all verbs are in differents tenses.

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