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Adjectives + That Clauses (2)

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Conversation 1

Woman: Roger, I want to talk to you about the company dress policy.
Man: Sure, is there a problem with how I dress? I do my best to look professional.
Woman: Well, you look nice. It's just that you don't wear a suit.
Man: I know, but it's hard to be productive in a suit, and it is very unlikely that I see any clients.
Woman: I know, but it is important that all employees follow the same policy.
Man: OK, I will start wearing a suit from tomorrow onward.
Woman: Great, and be sure to wear nice dress shoes, too.

Conversation 2

Woman: This accident is very strange.
Man: Yeah, it's weird that no one saw the accident.
Woman: And it's odd that both drivers fled the scene.
Man: Maybe both had a criminal record and were afraid of going to jail.
Woman: Maybe that is the case. Regardless, it is doubtful that we will find whoever did this.
Man: I think you may be wrong about that.

Conversation 3

Woman: How is your dinner?
Man: I can't eat it. I'm not hungry.
Woman: What? You have to eat. The doctor said that it's vital that you eat every meal.
Man: I would if I could. I'm just not hungry.
Woman: Well, it is important that you try harder.
Man: Well, it would help if the food actually tasted good.
Woman: I'm sorry about that. I'll try to bring you a homemade meal tomorrow.
Man: Thanks. I appreciate that. But it's unlikely that they would allow it.
Woman: Well, it doesn't hurt to ask.

Conversation 4

Man: So, how is life since you quit your job?
Woman: Good! It's nice that I get to work from home now.
Man: Yeah, I would think so. It's awesome that you get to set your own hours and be your own boss.
Woman: Yeah, that is good, but I miss the security of my old job.
Man: Still, it's sad that more people don't get to work that way.
Woman: True, but it's highly likely that more people will get the chance in the future.
Man: I hope so. And include me on that list.

Adjective Complements + that + Noun clause

Point 1: A noun clause with 'that' can attach to an adjective to explain a situation.
  1. It’s important that you attend.
  2. It’s vital that you follow instruction.
  3. It’s doubtful that he can make it.
  4. It’s unlikely that that will happen.
Point 2: Use the dummy subject 'it' to refer to a situation.
  1. It’s possible that we will reach our goal.
  2. It’s sad that more people did not come.
  3. It’s odd that Bob is not here today.
  4. It’s highly likely that the game will be canceled.
Point 3: The conjunction 'that' is often omitted in spoken English.
  1. It’s important we try out best.
  2. It’s not likely he will agree with us.
  3. It’s odd she is not at work today.
  4. It’s ridiculous he said that.
Point 4: In spoken English, the conjunction 'that' is often heavily reduced.
  1. It’s sad that it came to this.
  2. It’s so nice that you remembered my birthday
  3. It’s critical that you mail this today.
  4. It’s odd that it hasn’t snowed this winter.
Answer these questions about the interview.


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It's weird that no one saw the accident.

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