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In the last sentence, is the word "there" correct grammar? I thought I heard somewhere that using  "that there" was always incorrect. Please help.

The meeting was held for the purpose of reassuring that there are no changes that should be made to the approved designs.

asked May 24 '12 at 19:38 Sharan New member

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That seems correct to me.

link comment answered May 25 '12 at 15:21 Courtney Contributor
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It is not grammatically incorrect, but it is still an atrocious sentence because it is horridly verbose.

 

The meeting was held to reassure people that no changes will be made to the approved designs. 

link comment edited May 26 '12 at 00:28 glorrierose New member
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Glorrierose is correct -- that there violates no rules, but it is still awkward. Personally, I dislike "that there", "that the", and "had had". You can almost always find a better way of wording the sentence.

link comment answered May 26 '12 at 02:40 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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