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Hello

How can I write when I want to keep a clause in the following ?

(I heard the following is incorrect because of "verb + that clause". I want to keep a clause because changing a clause into a gerund form is often improper and a clause form is necessary to express a complex meaning)

1. The words written on the wall can be understood as that the town was doomed.

2. The decision resulted in that the nations trade freely each other.

Thanks a lot
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1. The words written on the wall say that the town was doomed.

2. The decision resulted in the nations trading freely with each other.
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As I understand it, you want to keep the that clauses, and you don't want gerunds. Here,then, are some suggested rewrites.

*The words written on the wall can be understood as that the town was doomed.
The words written on the wall meant that the town was doomed.
The words written on the wall could have meant that the town was doomed.
The words written on the wall could be understood to mean that the town was doomed.
The meaning of the words on the wall was that the town was doomed.
From the words written on the wall, it was understood that the town was doomed.
Reading the writing on the wall, they understood that the town was doomed.
Once they read the writing on the wall, they knew that the town was doomed.

*The decision resulted in that the nations trade freely each other.
The result of the decision was that the nations now trade freely with each other.

Without the that clause:
As a result of the decision, the nations now trade freely with each other.
The decision resulted in free trade between the nations.

CJ