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Yesterday I sent a message about my work to my boss. The message was this:

"this is the design I designed yesterday"

After I sent the message, I started to think maybe I should have added the word "that"

"this is the design that I designed yesterday"

Which one of these are correct, and what does changing it imply?

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It's grammatically correct either way and means exactly the same thing with or without it. Leaving it out, as you did, would be the most common form.

[Incidentally: the "design I designed" construction is valid but reads a little awkwardly. I'd go for "this is what I designed yesterday"]

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    As Richard says, one doesn't design designs. One prepares/produces/creates (and lots of other possibilities) them. Apr 12, 2022 at 9:32

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