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Should I include "That" before "comes" in the following sentence? My colleague says in some places "That" can be dropped.

Which one is correct?

What’s better than a price hike that comes with an irresistible offer?

What’s better than a price hike comes with an irresistible offer?

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    The second one isn't right unless you remove the verb too. "What’s better than a price hike with an irresistible offer?" But it is true that in some places "that" can be dropped. May 16 '20 at 17:53
  • Your colleague's qualification of in some places is correct. But in this particular sentence, as indicated in the previous comment, that cannot be dropped without making additional changes to the sentence. For a discussion of this in general (where it can be dropped), see the question He discovered that his father had a special box in the basement and my answer. May 16 '20 at 19:04
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The 1st sentence is correct and the second one is incorrect.

What’s better than a price hike that comes with an irresistible offer? ✔

(Here, 'that' cannot be omitted because the that-clause modifies its antecedent ("a price hike") in the main clause.)

What’s better than a price hike with an irresistible offer? ✔

(Here, "that + verb" has been omitted, and the PP "with an Irresistible offer" modifies the NP 'a price hike'.)

You can omit 'that' in reported speech :

Peter says, "Price hike is a problem during the lockdown."

= Peter says (that) price hike is a problem during the lockdown.

Besides, when the that-clause refers to the opinion of the subject, you can omit 'that' :

I think (that) price hike is a problem during the lockdown.

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