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Friday August 27, 2004
12:24 PM

English doubt

[ #20602 ]

I have a doubt... which of the following is correct? (if any, of course :-) )

I come to the conclusion that that line of code should be removed.
I come to the conclusion that line of code should be removed.

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  • The first line is correct.
    • So you can come to the conclusion that that second line should be removed :-)
    • Well, it'd be more natural to say "I have come to the conclusion" if in the recent past, or "I conclude" if it's happening right now. "I come to" is missing something.
      --
      • Randal L. Schwartz
      • Stonehenge
      • I agree. Also, the second sentence isn't actually wrong, since the "that" can be omitted after "come to the conclusion", but the first sentence is probably easier to understand the first time.
  • I have come to the conclusion that the minutia of English doesn't make a whole lot of sense and have stopped worrying about grammatical errors so minor one has to consult an authority to figure out which is "correct". Instead I plan on investing that time in something more worthwhile like eating, having contests of will with cats or ensuring my blinds are perfectly parallel.

    To attain this level of enlightened disconcern, read this. [amazon.com]

  • Thank you very much, guys :-)