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# When to use "that" in a sentence

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04 Mar 2018, 09:07
Right: The movie THAT we watched last Friday was scary.
Right: The movie we watched last Friday was scary.

The above example is taken from Gmat guide.
Could anyone please explain when to use that and when not.

Please explain the given example taken from OG 13th edition.

Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and
composer, produced a body of work both rooted in the
stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith and
DukeEllington, yet in many ways he stood apart from
the mainstream jazz repertory

The answer for the above question is -
Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work that was rooted.

What if we skip "that" from the above sentence.

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04 Mar 2018, 09:11
Hey somey ,

Here is the article that will clear all your doubts: https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-sent ... s-of-that/

Regarding the OG question you asked, it is discussed here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/thelonious-m ... 47937.html

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06 Mar 2018, 04:16
somey wrote:
Right: The movie THAT we watched last Friday was scary.
Right: The movie we watched last Friday was scary.

The above example is taken from Gmat guide.
Could anyone please explain when to use that and when not.

Please explain the given example taken from OG 13th edition.

Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and
composer, produced a body of work both rooted in the
stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith and
DukeEllington, yet in many ways he stood apart from
the mainstream jazz repertory

The answer for the above question is -
Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work that was rooted.

What if we skip "that" from the above sentence.

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The relative pronoun can only be omitted when it is the object of the relative clause. When the relative pronoun is the subject of the clause, it cannot be omitted. You can usually tell when a relative pronoun is the object of the clause because it is followed by another subject + verb.

Both the following are correct:
The dish that I ordered was delicious.
The dish I ordered was delicious.

Relative clause - I ordered that (the dish)
The dish is the object of the clause.

The woman that started the session was very confident.

Relative clause - that (the woman) started the session
The woman is the subject of the clause. We cannot omit "that" here.
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