I am confused on the correct usage of "that" vs "that the", and with my Google-fu being weak on how to find more information on this, I am stuck in trying to figure out which of one the following sentences is correct:

  1. I noticed that the build was failing.
  2. I noticed the build was failing.
  • The are both correct. The use of that here is optional. (Although your first sentence should use noticed, not notice.) Jun 12, 2019 at 21:17
  • Fixed the typo. Thanks
    – hyde
    Jun 12, 2019 at 21:18

1 Answer 1


The example

I noticed the build was failing.

can be thought of as including an implied "that"

I noticed [that] the build was failing.

"the build was failing" is the subject of the sentence, it is the thing that was noticed. "that the build was failing" is a relative clause, which serves to provide the subject. Therefor, the example sentence "I noticed the build was failing." includes a reduced relative clause also serving as the subject. Such clauses can be confusing, but are perfectly acceptable.

The two forms, with and without "that", have the same meaning.


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