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[ðæt]
grammar word summary: That can be: ■ a determiner: Give me that hammer. ■ a pronoun: Who gave you that? ■ a conjunction: I didn't know that she was married. ■ a relative pronoun: It's a song that my mother taught me. ■ an adverb: Three years? I can't wait that long.
1) (plural those [ðəʊz] )
the one that is known about used for referring to someone or something that has already been mentioned or is already known about
I know there's a problem, but I haven't got time to worry about that now.[/ex]
Why don't you ask Carmen? That's who I'd choose.[/ex]
The engine's started making that noise again.[/ex]
2) (plural those [ðəʊz] )
the one that you are looking at spoken used for referring to someone or something that you can see or point at, although they are not very near to you
That's Jerry's car, over there.[/ex]
Where did that stain on the carpet come from?[/ex]
Do you know who that woman in the blue dress is?[/ex]
I need these books, but you can borrow any of those.[/ex]
3) (plural those [ðəʊz] )
a past time or event used for referring to a period, event, or experience in the past
Remember that time we all went to the lake?[/ex]
There were no telephones in those days.[/ex]
That was fun. We must do it again some time.[/ex]
4) strong [ðæt]
weak [ðət] introducing a statement used after some verbs, adjectives, and nouns in order to state an idea, fact, or reason
Dawkins believes that his sister was murdered.[/ex]
We cannot ignore the fact that there is a shortage of qualified nurses.[/ex]
It is surprising that no one warned them of the danger.[/ex]
I'm sorry that I missed the first meeting.[/ex]
The conjunction that is often left out, especially in spoken English: I told them I was busy.
5) strong [ðæt]
weak [ðət] used instead of ‘which' or ‘who' used instead of ‘which' or ‘who' in order to give more information about a noun or pronoun
We haven't met the people that live next door.[/ex]
It was the worst winter that anyone could remember.[/ex]
Is there anything else that you want to ask?[/ex]
The relative pronoun that is often left out when it is the object of a relative clause: Did you find the book you were looking for? In formal written English that is not generally left out.
6) strong [ðæt]
weak [ðət] introducing a result used after ‘so' or ‘such' for showing the result of something
It was so cold that the sea froze in some places.[/ex]
The conjunction that is often left out of expressions with ‘so' and ‘such', especially in spoken English: I was so excited I couldn't sleep.
7) showing how big spoken
used when you use your hands for showing the size or level of something
There was only that much left in the bottle.[/ex]
8) very spoken
to a very great degree
There's no need to get upset – it isn't that important.[/ex]
that is — used when explaining or correcting what you have just said[/ex]
I've always enjoyed my work - that is, I did until this new manager arrived.[/ex]
that's it; that does itspokenused when a series of situations has made you angry, so that you decide to leave or stop what you are doing[/ex]
that's thatspoken used for saying that something has been finished or finally decided[/ex]
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