know you are not alone..."

know that you are not alone..."

If I use the line in a poetic way, does the first sentence sounds non-grammatical without that?

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    Are these standalone phrases (a line of verse by itself)? If not, could you give whole phrase examples? – user3169 May 11 '14 at 1:25

In your example "that" is a conjunction introducing a subordinate clause used to report someone’s thoughts.

After know (and numerous other verbs used to report a statement or someone’s thoughts, such as admit, agree, claim, see, say, ask, write, explain, etc...) we use a reported clause beginning with the conjunction "that". In informal speech and in writing, the conjunction "that" is often omitted.

I know you are not alone.
I know that you are not alone.

He said he was coming.
He said that he was coming.

I forgot I had to pay that bill.
I forgot that I had to pay that bill.

All these sentences are correct.

This type of sentence is called a that-clause, even when that is omitted.

You can find more here or here.

  • Thanks for those examples and explaining it so well. It helps to understand, if "that" could be omitted in certain sentences. – arm May 11 '14 at 20:13

It's fine without the "that". "Know you are not alone" (in quotes) in google gets about 16,200,000 results.

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    Note that a google search, even with quotes, is not reliable. I would suggest to use google's ngram viewer. See here. – Nico May 11 '14 at 7:03
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    Interesting, thanks for the ngram viewer link... Nico. – arm May 11 '14 at 20:11
  • Thanks Codeswitcher for confirming without "that" it's ok. – arm May 11 '14 at 20:12

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