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# THAT parallelism

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CEO
Joined: 21 Jan 2007
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30 Aug 2007, 09:12
This is one of the Brutal SC sentences. I'm curious why it doesnt have a THAT before requires

Among lower-paid workers, union members are less likely than non union members to be enrolled in lower-end insurance plans that impose stricter limits on medical services and [that] require doctors to see more patients, spending less time with each.

I bring up this point because...

Danny has a cat that scratched everyone and drove his mom crazy.
This sentence is not parallel. The second phrase implies Danny drove his mom crazy rather than the cat did.

Danny has a cat that scratched everyone and that drove his mom crazy.
This sentence is correct because that restricts both clauses and modifies cat.
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Joined: 08 Jun 2007
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30 Aug 2007, 10:36
bmwhype2 wrote:
This is one of the Brutal SC sentences. I'm curious why it doesnt have a THAT before requires

Among lower-paid workers, union members are less likely than non union members to be enrolled in lower-end insurance plans that impose stricter limits on medical services and [that] require doctors to see more patients, spending less time with each.

I bring up this point because...

Danny has a cat that scratched everyone and drove his mom crazy.
This sentence is not parallel. The second phrase implies Danny drove his mom crazy rather than the cat did.

Danny has a cat that scratched everyone and that drove his mom crazy.
This sentence is correct because that restricts both clauses and modifies cat.

I think even the first sentence is parallel and ok. May be I am wrong.
But what I read in ( probably in Princeton Smart) , that if we have a series of expression such as:

Danny has a cat that scratched everyone, irritated kids and drove his mom crazy.--- Should be OK
Danny has a cat that scratched everyone, that irritated kids and drove his mom crazy.----Not OK
Danny has a cat that scratched everyone, irritated kids and that drove his mom crazy.----Not OK
Danny has a cat that scratched everyone, that irritated kids and that drove his mom crazy--Should be OK.

So if we drop "that" after first use, then drop it for good and if you dont drop it then use it every expressions.
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Joined: 10 Jun 2007
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30 Aug 2007, 11:15
I agree with ashkrs's comments that we can omit "that" and still be parallel. It's a matter of style.
Manager
Joined: 19 Aug 2006
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30 Aug 2007, 21:34
I think 'that' is not required here because the parallels here are the verbs, not 'that'.
30 Aug 2007, 21:34
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