I can’t understand what is the meaning of "that" in the following sentence:

...she felt sad that she didn't see them more often...

Are "that" and "because" both words synonyms?

  • In this specific example they are synonyms, but that has many other meanings/functions in English. – Giambattista Jul 20 '16 at 21:51
  • @Giambattista: Why not write that as an answer? – Nathan Tuggy Jul 20 '16 at 22:01

The word that can be tricky as it has many functions. In your example specifically, it is synonymous with because. This, however, is not universally true. That is functioning as a conjunction here joining the two clauses.

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