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It's bigger than it's needed. Those are bigger than they're needed. Are they right?
 No. I would say:
It's bigger than is needed.
Those are bigger than needed.
AnonymousIt's bigger than it's needed. Those are bigger than they're needed.
Omit "it's" and "they're". It's just "bigger than needed" or "bigger than necessary".
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The fact (that) he’s older than me is not relevant. that conjunction - Definition, pictures, pronunciation and usage notes | Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary at The above example is given for "that" as a conjunction. Is it a ...
 The fact [that he’s older than me] is not relevant.
There are two clauses:
1. The fact is not relevant. (Main clause. Subject "fact"; verb "is")
2. that he’s older than me. Dependent clause, relative clause with "fact" as the antecedent.
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"Don't chase after that guy that you are sure did this."
 It's grammatically correct. For me, something about the emphasis seems unusual or off.
Anonymous Don't chase after the guy who did this.
AnonymousDon't chase after the guy who did this.
Yes, that's much more natural.
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Hello, Can you please tell me why was "would" used in this sentence? "If you would behave differently what things may you consider?" I was told that "if" doesn't go with "would"., so does it mean that the sentence is not correct? Thank you
 "If you would behave differently" is potentially correct in itself (a conditional form of "you will behave differently"). The sentence as a whole reads strangely to me, and appears to be archaically styled or not to have been written by a native ...
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''Most successful people know that mistakes are good teachers.'' My teacher said it's correct. What do you think?
dewgalWhy do we use that mistakes but not...
There is no combination "that mistakes" in the sentence. The two words don't go together as you may think they do.
"that" introduces the complement clause that says what people know.
Most successful people know that [ mistakes are good teachers ].
If you ...
  So should I put a comma between that and mistakes.
''Most successful people know that, mistakes are good teachers.
Is it ok
dewgalSo should I put a comma between that...
No. No comma.
CJ ...
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