Grammatica

V n that

V n that

The 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 Clause
    I told her that there had been an accident.
Active voice: V n that
 Verb groupnoun groupthat-clause
SubjectVerbObjectClause
Shetoldmehe'd planned to be away all that night.
Iwarnedherthat I might not last out my hours of duty.
Passive voice: be V-ed that
 Verb groupthat-clause
SubjectVerbClause
Hewas informedthat he had been disqualified.
His fatherwas persuadedthat the boy should stay in school.
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.
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.
  • assure
  • bet
  • caution
  • console
  • convince
  • decide
  • delude
  • flatter
  • forewarn
  • guarantee
  • inform
  • instruct
  • kid
  • notify
  • persuade
  • promise
  • reassure
  • remind
  • satisfy
  • show
  • teach
  • tell
  • warn
  • Verbs with other meaningsStructure informationOther related patterns

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