While this is considered true:

Tell John McGarrett that his son will be along soon enough.

while this is false:

The large family that its house had been destroyed by the storm was invited to stay at a hotel.

(As I have understood the problem is with the expression "that its" for some reason)

  • You mean correct/incorrect rather than true/false. Your two examples are different types of sentence. You could say "Tell the family that its house has been destroyed", but you can't use "that its house had been destroyed" as a phrase identifying which family you are talking about. – Kate Bunting Nov 20 at 17:38

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