V n that
V n thatThe verb is followed by a noun group and a that-clause. The passive pattern is be V-ed that.This pattern has one structure:
Verb with Object and ClauseI told her that there had been an accident.
|Verb group||noun group||that-clause|
|She||told||me||he'd planned to be away all that night.|
|I||warned||her||that I might not last out my hours of duty.|
|He||was informed||that he had been disqualified.|
|His father||was persuaded||that the boy should stay in school.|
Verbs with other meaningsStructure informationOther related patterns
Most verbs with this pattern are concerned with causing someone to know or think something.
We are pleased to inform you that your request for tenure has been granted.
I reminded her that on several occasions she had remarked on the boy's improvement.
When she called at his studio, she was told that he had gone to Biarritz.
The verbs decide and one sense of tell always have an inanimate Subject, and are not used in the passive.
All other indicators tell us that our customers are more satisfied now with our service than they have ever been.
The verbs convince, show, and teach sometimes have an inanimate Subject.
By the time he was eighteen years old, something happened which convinced him that he was destined for great things.
In the case of the following verbs, the noun group is always or often a reflexive pronoun: assure, console, convince, delude, flatter, kid, persuade, promise, reassure, remind, satisfy, tell. These verbs indicate that someone has or acquires a particular idea or thought, often a comforting or confident one. The pattern is V pron-refl that.
assure bet caution console convince decide delude flatter forewarn guarantee inform instruct kid notify persuade promise reassure remind satisfy show teach tell warn
I flatter myself I've done it all rather well.
I have been kidding myself that the scoring records don't matter, but I know they will cross my mind a few times between now and Saturday.
Remind yourself that the feelings will not last forever, and will become easier to cope with.