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"that" in American English

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thatpronoun, adjective [not gradable]

 us   /ðæt, ðət/ (plural those  /ðoʊz/ )
used to refer to a person, object, event, etc., separated from the speaker by distance or time, or to something that has been referred to before, or to point to a particular thing: This peach isn’t ripe – can I have that one (= the one farther away) on the table? Put that box (= the particular box referred to) down before you drop it. Where’s that pen (= the one I was using earlier)? If she could play like that (= the way she is now playing) every day, she’d be a star. She called him an imbecile, and at that (= immediately after that) he stormed out of the room.
That is also used to make a connection with an earlier statement: My usual train was canceled. That’s why I’m late. I didn’t know she’d been so ill. That’s terrible.
that is
You say that is when you want to give further details or be more exact about something: I should be there by seven, that is, unless there’s a lot of traffic.

thatconjunction

 us   /ðæt, ðət/
  • that conjunction (INTRODUCING A CLAUSE)

used to introduce a clause reporting something or giving further information, although it can often be omitted: She said (that) she’d pick up Michael after work. It’s possible (that) there’ll be a job opening in a few weeks. It was so dark (that) I couldn’t see anything.

thatpronoun

 us   /ðæt, ðət/
  • that pronoun (USED TO REFER)

used to show what particular thing is being referred to: Have you been to the new restaurant that just opened? That’s the guy I was talking about.

thatadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ðæt, ðət/
as much as suggested: It cost at least that much, if not more. The movie really wasn’t that good (= was not very good).
(Definition of that from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"that" in British English

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thatdeterminer

uk   /ðæt/  us   /ðæt/ (plural those )
A1 used to refer to a person, object, idea, etc. that is separated from the speaker by space or time: I've never liked that cousin of hers. Who's that? Is that the girl you told me about? How much are those shoes?formal His handwriting is like that (= the writing) of a much younger child.
A1 used to refer to something that has been mentioned or was involved earlier, or to something that is already known about: Where's that pen (= the one I was using earlier) gone? She lives in that house at the end of Jeremy's street (= you know which one I mean).

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thatconjunction

uk   strong /ðæt/ weak /ðət/  us   /ðæt/  /ðət/
A2 used to introduce a clause that reports something or gives further information, although it can often be left out: She said (that) she'd pick it up for me after work. Is it true (that) she's gone back to teaching? We'll be there at about 7.30, provided/providing (that) there's not too much traffic. It was so dark (that) I couldn't see anything.

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Grammar

thatpronoun

uk   strong /ðæt/ weak /ðət/  us   /ðæt/  /ðət/ (plural those)
  • that pronoun (USED TO REFER)

B1 used as the subject or object of a verb to show which person or thing you are referring to, or to add information about a person or thing just mentioned. It is used for both people and things. It can often be left out: I can't find the books (that) I got from the library. Is this the train that goes to Braintree? Have you been to the restaurant that's just opened in town?

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  • that pronoun (CONNECTING WITH EARLIER STATEMENT)

A2 used to make a connection with an earlier statement: My car broke down. That's why I'm so late. Lucy worked out how to fix it. That's Lucy for you (= She can fix anything).
B2 used to express a reaction to something: I didn't know she'd been so ill. That's terrible. Turn the engine on, then put the car in gear. That's right (= you are doing it correctly). Smile for the camera. That's more like it (= that smile is better than before).

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  • Charles had told her off. That's why she was so upset.
  • "Jim didn't even turn up." "That's Jim for you."
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thatadverb

uk   /ðæt/  us   /ðæt/
(Definition of that from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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