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Hi everyone ^^

ummmm I have two grammar questions... ^^

1. When can I take out 'that' from a sentence?

eg. I wanted her to think that I loved her -> I wanted her to think I loved her

Is this ok?

2. Should I put 'to' in these sentence?

- Can you explain to me how this works?
- Can you recommend to me a good book?
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Non-C: "The book that lies on the big table is blue." I'm not sure that you really meant "object of the first clause", did you?
CJ
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The use of "that", as a relative pronoun is only obligatory to indicate coincidence between the object of the first clause and the subject of the second, thus a complex sentence based on two independent statements such as:

"Here is the man. He works for my father."

Given the object/subject coincidence, I've reffered to, the following is obtained:

"Here is the man that/who works for my brother."

There being coincidence between the objects of two independent statements, as for instance:

"She is the girl. I love her."

The resulting complex sentence simply eliminates the object of the second:

"She's the girl I love."

The use of the relative pronoun, here, would place the stress on the second clause:

"She's the girl that I love."

However, it isn't obligatory. Hope it helps. NON C
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Ummmmmmm could you give me the answer to the second question as well?

Thanx anyway
No problem. The correct forms are "explain to ..." and "recommend to ...". However, it is quite idiomatic to omit the prepositional phrase "to ...". ("for ..." is also a possibility for "explain" and, to a lesser degree, "recommend".) In most cases it is clear who the intended recipient is and therefore unnecessary to make it explicit.

From most to least idiomatic:
Can you please explain the rules? Can you explain how this works?
Can you explain the rules to me? Can you explain to me how this works?
Can you explain the rules for me? Can you explain for me how this works?

Here's where it starts getting weird!
Can you explain to me the rules? Can you explain how this works to me?

Here's where it gets awful. Not at all recommended. To be avoided.
Can you explain me the rules? Can you explain me how this works? (Saying these is like shining a spotlight on yourself and saying "Look at me! I don't speak English!") Emotion: smile

Likewise, idiomatic:

Can you recommend a good book? Can you recommend a way to solve this problem?
Can you help me by recommending a good book? Can you recommend a good book for me to read? Can you recommend a way for me to solve this problem?

Not quite as idiomatic:

Can you recommend a good book to me? Can you recommend to me a way to solve this problem?

Understandable, of course, but borderline awful.
Can you recommend me a good book? Can you recommend me a way to solve this problem.

Others may have a different gradation from mine.

Emotion: smile
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You've been a lot of help lots and lots o' Thanks to ye. lolz..

Well I have just one more question.....-_-

What did you mean by 'Non-C: "The book that lies on the big table is blue." I'm not

sure that you really meant "object of the first clause", did you?'

Can you explain it (^^) so that I can go to bed soundly today? lolz.....

In fact can you answer my actual first question again? That'll be a lot of help ^^

Oh, and by the way does 'Can you recommend to me a good book' sound idiomatic?

Cuz.......I don't.... -_-