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Intermediate English Grammar (B2)

Adjectives + That Clauses (1)

Read and listen to four conversations using the grammar.

Conversation 1

Woman: Oh no! Did you get the latest company email?
Man: No, I didn’t. What does it say?
Woman: The boss wrote the following: due to the recent health crisis, I am afraid that the company holiday party is canceled.
Man: I am not surprised that he did that. The writing was on the wall.
Woman: Do you think they will close the offices?
Man: It is doubtful that would happen, but you never know.

Conversation 2

Man: Hey, before I forget. I’m afraid that I can’t play next week.
Woman: That’s too bad. What happened? You never miss our games.
Man: Yeah, this will be a first for me, but I have to work late next week.
Woman: Well, I hope that you can come back in two weeks. We would hate to miss you two weeks in a row.
Man: I should be back. I’m sorry that I won’t be able to make it.
Woman: No worries. See you in two weeks.

Conversation 3

Woman: Hey, did you hear about Jill? She quit this morning.
Man: Yeah, I hear she got a new job.
Woman: Yeah, she gets to work from home, and she will get paid a lot more.
Man: I’m so jealous that she gets to work from home.
Woman: Me, too. And I’m sad that she won’t be around the office anymore.
Man: Yes, it won’t be the same without her.

Conversation 4

Woman: I was talking to Susan, today, and she said that her daughter got into college.
Man: Oh, that’s great! She must be very excited.
Woman: Yes, she’s thrilled that she got into a good college, but she’s a bit worried too.
Man: What is she so worried about?
Woman: Typical mom stuff. She’s worried she’ll be alright living alone.
Man: Her daughter will be fine! It’s all a part of growing up.
Woman: Yeah, I think she knows that. I think that she’s also sad that her daughter will be far from home.
Man: Yeah, that’s tough for any parent.

Adjective Complements + that + clause

Point 1: A noun clause with 'that' can appear after an adjective to give extra meaning in complement sentences.
  1. I’m sorry that your team lost the game.
  2. He’s happy that you’re here.
  3. She’s afraid that she’ll fail the test.
  4. We’re thrilled that you can join us.
Point 2: The adjective complement is commonly used with adjectives about feelings.
  1. We’re happy that you made it.
  2. I’m sorry that you have to leave.
  3. I’m afraid that I can't come next week.
  4. He’s disappointed that you forgot his birthday
Point 3: The conjunction 'that' is often omitted in spoken English.
  1. He’s angry you went home early.
  2. She’s thrilled you can make it.
  3. We’re afraid we can’t attend the party.
  4. I’m sorry I did not call you.
Point 4: In spoken English, the conjunction 'that' is often heavily reduced.
  1. We’re glad that you made it.
  2. They’re mad that you did not call them.
  3. I’m happy that you like your gift.
  4. He’s upset that she ignored him.
Answer these questions about the interview.


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