That-Agreement - 261

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That-Agreement.


When the Principal and Subordinate Clauses are joined by the conjunction that:

1. A Past tense in the Principal Clause is followed by a Past tense in the Subordinate Clause, expressed by might or should.

I told him so that he might know.

He wrote it down so that he should not forget.

2. A Present Tense in the Principal Clause is followed by a Present Tense in the Subordinate Clause, expressed by may; or by a Future Tense.

The doctor gives us medicine that we may get well.

I hope that he will come.

3. A Future Tense in the Principal Clause is followed by a Present Tense in the Subordinate clause.

I will telegraph him so that he may know what to do.

We shall start early so that we may get there before dark.

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