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I'm composing a rather important letter and I am stuck and struggling on how to pose this question: I thought women were necessary to the... ~vs~ I thought that women were necessary to the....

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    Identical meanings. The first omits the subordinator "that" which is permitted in most constructions like this. Normally, "that" is used in formal settings.
    – BillJ
    Dec 6 '17 at 8:08
  • And I apologize for asking a duplicate question. I had just joined and read the rules carefully. I know this is frowned upon. I put forth my best efforts in searching the site for an answer, prior to posing the question. I didn't have any luck, and now I'm not sure why. I'll try to be more diligent next time. Dec 7 '17 at 0:45

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