American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- pro. Used to refer to the one designated, implied, mentioned, or understood: What kind of soup is that?
- pro. Used to refer to the one, thing, or type specified as follows: The relics found were those of an earlier time.
- pro. Used to refer to the event, action, or time just mentioned: After that, he became a recluse.
- pro. Used to indicate the farther or less immediate one: That is for sale; this is not.
- pro. Used to emphasize the idea of a previously expressed word or phrase: He was fed up, and that to a great degree.
- pro. The one, kind, or thing; something: She followed the calling of that which she loved.
- pro. Used to indicate an unspecified number of people: those who refused to join.
- pro. Used as a relative pronoun to introduce a clause, especially a restrictive clause: the car that has the flat tire.
- pro. In, on, by, or with which: each summer that the concerts are performed.
- pro. According to what; insofar as: He never knew her, that I know of.
- adj. Being the one singled out, implied, or understood: that place; those mountains.
- adj. Being the one further removed or less obvious: That route is shorter than this one.
- adv. To such an extent or degree: Is your problem that complicated?
- adv. To a high degree; very: didn't take what he said that seriously.
- conj. Used to introduce a noun clause that is usually the subject or object of a verb or a predicate nominative: "That contemporary American English is exuberantly vigorous is undeniable” ( William Arrowsmith).
- conj. Used to introduce a subordinate clause stating a result, wish, purpose, reason, or cause: She hoped that he would arrive on time. He was saddened that she felt so little for him.
- conj. Used to introduce an anticipated subordinate clause following the expletive it occurring as subject of the verb: It is true that dental work is expensive.
- conj. Used to introduce a subordinate clause modifying an adverb or adverbial expression: will go anywhere that they are welcome.
- conj. Used to introduce a subordinate clause that is joined to an adjective or noun as a complement: was sure that she was right; the belief that rates will rise soon.
- conj. Used to introduce an elliptical exclamation of desire: Oh, that I were rich!
- idiom. at that In addition; besides: lived in one room, and a small room at that.
- idiom. at that Regardless of what has been said or implied: a long shot, but she just might win at that.
- idiom. that is To explain more clearly; in other words: on the first floor, that is, the floor at street level.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Used as a definitive adjective before a noun, in various senses. Pointing to a person or thing present or as before mentioned or supposed to be understood, or used to designate a specific thing or person emphatically, having more force than the definite article the, which may, however, in some cases be substituted for it.
- Frequently in opposition to this, in which case it refers to one of two objects already mentioned, and often to the one more distant in place or time: frequently, however, mere contradistinction is implied: as, I will take this book, and you can take that one.
- Pointing not so much to persons and things as to their qualities, almost equivalent to such, or of such a nature, and occasionally followed by as or that as a correlative.
- Used absolutely or without a noun as a demonstrative pronoun. To indicate a person or thing already referred to or implied, or specially pointed at or otherwise indicated, and having generally the same force and significance as when used as an adjective: as, give me that; do you see
- In opposition to this, or by way of distinction.
- When this and that refer to foregoing words, this, like the Latin hic or the French ceci, refers to the last mentioned, the latter, and that, like the Latin ille or the French cela, to the first mentioned, the former.
- In all the above cases, that, when referring to a plural noun, takes the plural form those: as, that man, those men; give me that, give me those; and so on.
- To represent a sentence or part of a sentence, or a series of sentences.
- That sometimes in this use precedes the sentence or clause to which it refers.
- That here represents the clause in italics. It is used also as the substitute for an adjective: as, you allege that the man is innocent; that he is not. Similarly, it is often used to introduce an explanation of something going before: as, “religion consists in living up to those principles—that is, in acting in conformity to them.”
- Emphatically, in phrases expressive of approbation, applause, or encouragement.
- As the antecedent of a relative: as, that which was spoken.
- By the omission of the relative, that formerly sometimes acquired the force of what or that which.
- With of, to avoid repetition of a preceding noun: as, his opinions and those of the others.
- With and, to avoid repetition of a preceding statement.
- Used for who or which. That in this use is never used with a preposition preceding it, but may be so used when the preposition is transposed to the end of the clause; thus, the man of whom I spoke, the book from which I read, the spot near which he stood, the pay for which he works: but not the man of that I spoke, etc., though one may say, the man that I spoke of, the book that I read from, the place that he stood near, the pay that he works for, and so on. When the relative clause conveys an additional idea or statement, or is parenthetical, who and which are in modern English rather to be used than that: thus, “James, whom I saw yesterday, told me,” but not “James that, etc.” That more often introduces a restrictive or definitive clause, but who and which are frequently used in the same way. See
- In the following extract that, who, and which are used without any perceptible difference.
- With the use of that as a relative are to be classed those cases in which it is used as a correlative to so or such.
- That as a demonstrative and that as a relative pronoun sometimes occur close together, but this use is now hardly approved.
- Frequently used in Chaucer for the definite article, before one or other, usually when the two words are put in contrast.
- That … he = who; that … his (or her) = whose; that … him = whom; that … they = who; which that = whom.
- Introducing a reason: in that; because.
- Introducing an object or final end or purpose: equivalent to the phrases in order that, for the purpose that, to the effect that.
- Introducing a result or consequence.
- Introducing a clause as the subject or object of the principal verb, or as a necessary complement to a statement made.
- Seeing; since; inasmuch as.
- Formerly often used after a preposition, introducing a noun-clause as the object of the preposition: as, before that he came, after that they had gone, etc., where at present the that is omitted and the preposition has become a conjunction; also, by mistaken analogy with such cases, that was occasionally added after real conjunctions, as when that, where that.
- Sometimes used in place of another conjunction, in repetition.
- Used elliptically to introduce a sentence or clause expressive of surprise, indignation, or some kindred emotion.
- Used as an optative particle, or to introduce a phrase expressing a wish: would that: usually with O!
- To that extent; to that degree; to such a degree; so: as, I did not go that far; I did not care that much about it: the comparison being with something previously said or implied, as in the preceding examples: used colloquially to express emphasis. A similar Scotch use of the word, following a negative, corresponds to the Latin ita (as in Cicero's non ita multi): as, no that bad; nae that far awa'.
- The (thing) being indicated (at a distance from the speaker, or previously mentioned, or at another time).
- pro. demonstrative That aforementioned quality.
- adv. degree To a given extent or degree; particularly.
- adv. standard in negative constructions So, so much; very.
- n. philosophy Something being indicated that is there; one of those.
GNU Webster's 1913
- As a demonstrative pronoun (pl. those),
thatusually points out, or refers to, a person or thing previously mentioned, or supposed to be understood. That, as a demonstrative, may precede the noun to which it refers
- As an adjective,
thathas the same demonstrative force as the pronoun, but is followed by a noun.
- As a relative pronoun,
thatis equivalent to whoor which, serving to point out, and make definite, a person or thing spoken of, or alluded to, before, and may be either singular or plural.
- As a conjunction,
thatretains much of its force as a demonstrative pronoun.
- To introduce a clause employed as the object of the preceding verb, or as the subject or predicate nominative of a verb.
- To introduce, a reason or cause; -- equivalent to
for that, in that, for the reason that, because.
- To introduce a purpose; -- usually followed by
may, or might, and frequently preceded by so, in order, to the end, etc.
- To introduce a consequence, result, or effect; -- usually preceded by
soor such, sometimes by that.
- In an elliptical sentence to introduce a dependent sentence expressing a wish, or a cause of surprise, indignation, or the like.
- Archaic or in illiteral use. As adverb: To such a degree; so.
- Middle English, from Old English thæt. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In all seriousness, I'm still not convinced that Aus is *that* bad.”
“It's interesting to note that even apologists like Eddy and Boyd in «The Jesus Legend» admit that the language of those verses are «arguably un-Pauline» and that those verses are the only reference in the entire genuine Pauline letters «that positively requires us to accept that Paul viewed Jesus as a recent historical person» p.211.”
“But no mainstream Biblical scholar would ever dream of looking at the way that Luke/Acts never says Jesus had a brother called James and applying the criterion of embarrassment to *that* silence.”
“So while Verne ignored the inconvenient fact that the mountain was a glacier and said crater was non-existent or rather under ice, he wasn't *that* free with the name.”
“I know that clicking through to the full post isn't *that* big of a deal, but it's way more convenient to not have to.”
“I've been really mulling this over, *are* there comments that might not be *that* hurtful to me?”
“For me, having a 50,000-70,000 word manuscript that needs *that* much editing is daunting.”
“I know you've given this a lot of thought, so I don't expect to change your mind..that said, if there's any way that Pam and I can pay the favor forward and help with the logistics.”
“I am very much aware that by now you must be thinking 'oh bloody hell, there is *that* woman again'.”
“The pesky evidence needs to be accounted for: if they weren't copying, are you positing that the memory of the words/construction was *that* widespread and in agreement?”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘that’.
Words to be replaced by a paragraph mark if you are after terms and MWEs.
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all folks, my boy!, not my dog, a whole other can..., a story for anoth..., a load of bull, the way it is, my baby, what i'm talkin' ..., ridickerous, the name of the game, no lady, that's m... and 47 more...
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Very basic words for ESL students.
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