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Can we use "know that" in the following way?

Is it kind of a grammar rule to put an independent clause between "verb + that"?

It was a really terrible vacation. It was my fault. I mean I wanted to go to Thailand, but I knew before I went that I didn't really want to have a serious relationship with Joe. And the vacation just showed me how different we are.

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  • Isn't that a dependent clause there? Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 16:05
  • I know before I go that I will have to ask you a question.
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 27, 2021 at 20:56

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I think it is OK. For a better "flow" I would use the following:

It was a really terrible vacation. It was my fault. I mean, I wanted to go to Thailand, but I knew even before going there that I didn't really want to have a serious relationship with Joe. And the vacation just showed me how different we are.

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