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The relative pronoun 'that' can be left out in some cases.

the box (that) he made was made out of wood.

but when a verb has indirect and direct objects, both can be refered by 'that'? in other words, are following constructions possible?

The box that she gave me was in black.(I gave her a box and the box was black. )

The dog that I gave the box was small.(I gave the dog the box and the dog was small. )

and in both cases, those 'that' are able to be left out?

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The box (that) she gave me was in black.

Either way is OK.

The dog (that) I gave the box to was small.

Again either way is OK. But if there is any concern for clarity, I would leave that in. This example could possibly be misunderstood that you gave the dog, not the box "The dog I gave...".

  • if i don't add 'to' after 'box', is it wrong?? – JBL Jun 30 '16 at 5:04
  • If you give some physical thing, you need to specify a destination. To me it is rather nonsense without it. – user3169 Jun 30 '16 at 5:16

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