In the sentence "She was so angry that she couldn't speak", can I omit "that"? Does "She was so angry she couldn't speak" sound natural to you?

In addition, in this sentence "There was such a lot of rain that we couldn’t go out", can I omit "that"? Does "There was such a lot of rain we couldn’t go out" sound natural to you?


"such a lot of rain" sounds awkward. I recommend

It was raining so hard that we couldn't go out.

  • that is optional. You could replace it with a comma.
  • so much rain would be a slight improvement over such a lot of rain. However, was raining so hard better expresses the continuing weather condition at the time that the decision to stay inside was made.

Yes, you can omit that.

In writing, I'd write it as this though

She was so angry, she couldn't speak

In speaking, I'd have a short pause after angry

She was so angry

1-2 second pause

she couldn't speak

  • Thank you very much!In this sentence "What about "There was such a lot of rain that we couldn’t go out ", can I omit "that"? Does "What about "There was such a lot of rain we couldn’t go out " sound natural to you? – April Jul 27 '14 at 14:50
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    2 second is way too long of a pause for that sentence. 1 second would add very strong emphasis. I would normally pause about 300 ms. – Charles Jul 27 '14 at 17:16
  • I'm not sure if the comma is valid there. I know for sure that using a comma before 'that' is ungrammatical – why would the rule change when 'that' is omitted? – ntoskrnl Jul 27 '14 at 20:21

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